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The propeller of a plane of the Airlink line crashed into the window of the aircraft, after what collided with a bird in flight, which caused the terror of the passengers on board.
The bird hit the engine so hard that the propeller went through the cabin and hit the opposite side of the plane.
The model, a Jetstream JS-4, was approaching the Venetia mine in South Africa when the bird hit the propeller on the right side.
The blade detached from the axle, penetrated the side wall of the aircraft and caused damage even to the interior of the cabin.
In what could have been a terrible accident, the blade directly entered an area with seats, which were miraculously unoccupied.
Its force and trajectory saw it rush through the cabin and crash into the passenger window, destroying the window glass on the opposite side of the fuselage.
Debris created from the propeller shows wood chips throughout the cabin.
Surprisingly, no one was injured and the plane landed safely.
Johannesburg Airline Airlink issued a statement saying: “An Airlink Jetstream 41 aircraft operating a private charter flight struck a large bird while landing at Venetia airfield.
“None of the passengers or the crew was injured, although the aircraft suffered substantial damage.
“In accordance with aviation protocols and regulations, the incident was reported to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), which will carry out an investigation.
“The aircraft remains at the Venetia aerodrome awaiting SACAA inspection and a full damage assessment.”
In another serendipitous incident, a girl was sucked out of a plane, tied to a chair, and survived a two-mile fall.
Juliane Keopcke was traveling with her mother Mariato on Christmas Eve 1971, when her plane was damaged, causing her to fall almost two miles to the ground.
Just hours after graduating from high school, the 17-year-old and her mother boarded a flight from Lima, the capital of Peru, to Pucallpa in the Amazon rainforest.
When the plane was struck by lightning, the plane plummeted and she was sucked out of the plane and only woke up a day later on the jungle floor.
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