Airport security 2015 The world’s most alarming airplane landings Designed to save on fuel, as well as from bird attacks, some helicopters and planes have to land safely after sighting a sparrow on the tarmac
Pilot flounders after seeing bird on tarmac ‘I’m out of my depth, no one else knows what I’m going to do’ A yellow bird flew into the cockpit of a Kenya Airways plane as it landed on the tarmac at Nairobi airport. Photograph: Paul Ogisi/Getty Images
Footage has emerged of a pilot floundering after seeing a bird on the tarmac as his aircraft had to land. Kenyan pilot Daniel Mutua, 50, stumbled over what to do while his aircraft was at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. In one hand he clutched a map of the airport, and the other he held a “life saving” rosary.
“If I have taken off with the rosary, I’m out of my depth, no one else knows what I’m going to do,” Mutua told reporters. “The bird looks straight in front of the cockpit. I don’t see any other options.”
The pilot was left in little doubt what to do. “What am I going to do?” he said. “I’m on a lot of short-range tasks here and I don’t really have an alternative …” The crew of Kenya Airways flight KQ 408, travelling from Juba, South Sudan, to Nairobi, put the aircraft down in the very next taxiway. It was unclear whether the bird was actually dead or not.