GORY images have emerged showing a Ryanair plane splattered with dead birds after it hit a flock.
The Boeing 737 was flying from Stansted to Bologna, Italy, and was coming into land when it struck what were thought to hit herons or ducks.
It is understood that the aircraft’s right engine injected birds as the pilot was approaching the airport.
Footage reportedly showed what is thought to be the plane suffering an engine fire.
Images show the cockpit windscreen splattered with carcasses.
An engine inlet appears to have ingested a large number of birds.
Despite the potential danger of hitting a flock of birds, the plane landed safely.
The Sun Online has contacted Ryanair for comment.
It comes as a Ryanair flight travelling to Lanzarote was forced to turn back in October amid reports it collided with a bird.
The 7.50am flight from Manchester Airport had to land at Liverpool John Lennon airport at 9.23am.
According to Flight Aware the Ryanair flight was experiencing delays of around 25 minutes which is said to be “increasing”.
Another user suggested a “bird strike on takeoff” was the cause of the louder engines.
A Ryanair spokesman said:“This flight from Manchester to Lanzarote diverted to Liverpool airport following a minor bird strike.
“The aircraft landed normally, and customers were transferred to a replacement aircraft which departed to Lanzarote following a short delay of approximately one hour.
“Ryanair sincerely apologised to all affected customers.”
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