A pilot from Ecuador somehow managed to keep things together after a giant bird crashed into his cockpit.
According to reports, the pilot, Ariel Valiente was flying a crop duster plane when a bird, assumed to be a Andean Condor crashed through the windscreen of the cockpit covering him in blood.
If the bird was an Andean Condor they can have a wingspan of up to 9 feet.
Valiente shared a video of the aftermath that went viral. In the video a huge bird can be seen dangling in front of him. Valiente then turns the camera to show his bloodied face with splatters of blood all over the inside of the cockpit.
In Vinces, Los Ríos province of Ecuador, a huge bird struck through the windshield of a crop duster plane mid-air. Fortunately, the pilot Ariel Valiente managed to control the situation.#aircraft #safety #aviation pic.twitter.com/73MeyIaw5s— FL360aero (@fl360aero) June 14, 2023
The rest of the flight went according to plan and the pilot landed the plane safely. The bird is believed to have passed almost immediately after the collision.