Pigeon Holds Onto Plane Engine During Takeoff


LONDON, ENGLAND – It must have been an odd and very unusual sight for passengers onboard a plane taking off from London, when they were looking outside the window and saw to their shock that a stubborn pigeon was refusing to give up its perch on the plane’s right engine during takeoff.

The remarkable incident occurred on August 26, 2019 during a flight from London, but was shared on YouTube last week. The stubborn bird refused to give up his spot on the plane engine, even as it began to accelerate rapidly along the runway.

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As you can see in the video, the brave bird attempted to fight the growing force while the plane was accelarating rapidly, forcing the pigeon to eventually give up. The bird was inevitably blown off the engine and disappeared out of sight of the passenger’s camera.

The passenger who recorded these rare footage wished to remain anonymous, but said about the incident: “In the video – which I can’t believe I caught on camera – a pigeon can be seen clinging onto the plane on takeoff.

“I was surprised it managed to cling on for as long as it did, to be honest. I thought it was going to be there with us the whole flight.

“The pigeon was unharmed from what I could tell, it just took a bit of a tumble when the wind speed became too much.”


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