Plane forced to make emergency stop after hitting bird, catching fire – then running over rabbit

An aeroplane proved dangerous to local wildlife after it sucked a bird into its engine, caught fire and then ran over rabbit.

Flight crew had to stage an emergency stop during take-off after they hit the hapless European herring gull.

They then ran over the rabbit as they were being taxied off the landing strip.

The fire was recorded by passenger Julie Sulcova at Brno-Turany Airport in south-eastern Czech Republic’s city of Brno.

The plane was just about to take off for south-eastern Bulgaria’s city of Burgas when a bird reportedly hit the aircraft.

On the video, filmed from inside the plane, the dramatic aftermath of the impact can clearly be seen as flames start to spread under the right wing of the aircraft.

Julie’s mother, Sarka Sulcova, told Czech news: “I spoke with my daughter and with other relatives who were flying with her. They said they heard a sudden bang at high speed at the moment when the plane had its front end already in the air and was only seconds from taking off.”

Passengers said that they thought at first that a tyre had burst but then they spotted the flames and noticed smoke in the cabin.

The pilot then reportedly started to brake sharply and announced to the passengers that he had to execute an emergency stop because a bird had collided with the plane.

Firemen put the blaze out while the passengers remained on the aircraft. The plane then taxied them back to the terminal – reportedly running over a rabbit in the process.

The passengers were flown to Burgas on another flight after being delayed for three hours.

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The plane hit a bird then ran over a rabbit as it taxied off the runway

According to airport manager Ales Charvat, the Airbus 320 that was about to take off for Burgas was hit by a European herring gull.

Mr Charvat said: “Near Pohorelice there is a stock where the birds are kept. When they do not have enough food they forage around the neighbourhood, unfortunately even in places that are dangerous for them.”

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