Commercial aviation can be a bit of a chore after dealing with luggage, security and then lengthy travel periods. After dealing with all the headaches you simply want to recline in your seat put your cares away until you arrive. But then the worst occurs out of nowhere and pilots have no control over it, bird strikes.
Humans aren’t alone in the skies, we have to remember that we are only just passing through. A Japan Airlines airliner traveling out of Tokyo learned this lesson the hard way. Just moments after takeoff a bird was sucked into the Boeing 777’s powerful engine and burst into flames.
“It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine when taking off.”
– Japan Airlines Spokesman
The airliner carrying over 200 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing within minutes. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the incident but the engines will under an investigation to learn the extent of the damage. Footage of the incident can be viewed in this clip from TIME. Fortunately, this pilot learned a few tip from Chesley Sullenberger.