This is the moment a seagull is sucked into an SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus while coming into land
The unfortunate event took place on runway 29 at Alta International Airport, in the city of Alta located in the Norwegian Vest-Finnmark district on Tuesday, 22nd of June.
The SAS Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A320-200N was on a flight from the Norwegian capital Oslo. Upon arrival at the airport, the plane was directed to runway 29.
But as the plane was slowly descending onto the runway, the crew spotted a flock of seagulls who were flying in front of the plane. The pilot tried to head back up into the air to avoid hitting the birds.
Although the pilot did manage to rise above most of the flock, the right engine of the plane nevertheless ended up sucking one of the seagulls inside.
Smoke and flames can then be seen coming out of the engine shortly after the seagull is ingested.
Reportedly, after the incident, the plane rose 900 metres (3,000 feet ) in the air and positioned for another approach to runway 29. The plane then landed safely and without further incidents about 8 minutes later.
Eye-witnesses to the incident were quick to record the moment. The video shows the plane increasing its angle and applying full power to the engines and then in a blink of an eye, ingesting a seagull. After the ingestion, a large amount of smoke can be seen coming out of the right engine.
As “Aero Inside” and “Aeroin” report, the plane had to cancel the next flight and remain on the ground for more than 24 hours after the incident to be checked and repaired.