Vul­ture force plane's emer­gency land­ing

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A LUFTHANSA pas­sen­ger plane made an emer­gency land­ing after a mas­sive VUL­TURE smashed into its nose at 5,000ft.

The plane was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing after a mas­sive vul­ture smashed into its nose at 5 000ft.

Shock­ing im­ages from the ground show the hor­rific af­ter­math of the bird strike and the vul­ture's dead body smeared across the front of the plane.

The Lufthansa air­craft was also dam­aged in the col­li­sion and was struck with such force a large dent was left in its nose.

The A320 had set off from Mu­nich and was about to land at Palma air­port, on the Span­ish is­land of Mal­lorca, at mid­day on Thurs­day when the col­li­sion hap­pened. The bird was re­port­edly a black vul­ture with a wing­span of nine feet.

Shock­ing im­ages show the vul­ture smashed into the metal of the air­craft with a smear of blood around it. Its claws stick out­wards in a grue­some death pose. The per­ished vul­ture is grimly jux­ta­po­si­tioned next to Lufthansa’s logo of a soar­ing crane bird.

The cap­tain of the air­craft re­port­edly had no chance of avoid­ing the col­li­sion but for­tu­nately the crash with the vul­ture, a pro­tected species, only af­fected the nose of the plane and did not cause de­pres­suri­sa­tion.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the con­trol tower of Palma’s in­ter­na­tional air­port of Son Sant Joan and the Air­bus landed with­out fur­ther prob­lems — de­spite the bird be­ing so big it was em­bed­ded in the plane’s fuse­lage.

As a re­sult of the col­li­sion the re­turn flight to Bavaria was can­celled and pas­sen­gers were put on other flights.

Lufthansa con­firmed the in­ci­dent in a state­ment to MailOn­line Travel, say­ing the flight “suf­fered a bird strike while ap­proach­ing the air­port of Palma de Mal­lorca”.

It added: “Due to the dam­age, the air­craft needed to re­main on Thurs­day in Palma and was been checked by our tech­ni­cians. The re­turn flight had to be can­celled and pas­sen­gers have been re­booked on al­ter­na­tive ser­vices.”

The Voltor Ne­gre Foun­da­tion, a vul­ture con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion, re­gret­ted the in­ci­dent and warned of the risk of more in­ci­dents like this caused by younger an­i­mals who are learn­ing to fly and start­ing to test their wings. — Dai­lyMail

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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