An albatros almost casued a major flight incident when it collided with a Japanese Coastguard patrol aeroplane on Wednesday.
The bird smashed a one-metre wide hole into the Bombardier DHC8-315′s nose as it flew at just 300 metres over the East China Sea. Remarkably the pilot did not feel the need to perform an emergency landing – despite the dead bird being stuck – and continued for another hour to his destination in Ishigaki, in the Okinawa Prefecture.
None of the onboard nine crew members, who were on the three-hour flight from Naha, were hurt.
The country’s transport ministry has now launched an investigation to look into the incident.
And it said it was setting up radar equipment at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport in April to help track flocks of birds which would help guide aircraft out of their way.