Ryanair plane engine on fire moments after obliterating birds in dramatic clip

This is the scary moment flames burst out of a Ryanair engine as it was about to land moments after flying into a flock of birds.

The plane was reportedly arriving in Bologna’s Marconi Airport, having left London Stansted, on November 24 when it encountered the herons.

Footage taken by an onlooker shows fire spurting out the back of the right engine shortly before it reportedly stopped working.

Thankfully, pilots were able to keep their calm and land the plane without incident despite the right engine reportedly stalling completely.

Pictures also show remnants of the herons plastered across the plane’s windscreen – clearly obscuring the pilot’s vision.

Other graphic images shows one of the birds’ corpses trapped on the side of the plane, which is also covered in feathers.

And one snap showed a pile of the bird remains lining the back of a truck on the tarmac.

Upon landing, the plane was later inspected and found that the left engine had also been hit.

Daily Star has contacted Ryanair for comment.

It is unsurprisingly not the first time planes have had a mid-air collision with birds.

Back in October, a Ryanair flight to Lanzarote from Manchester had to be diverted following a “minor bird strike”.

At the time, a spokesperson 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.”

It has even occurred before aircraft have even left the ground.

In the same month, a Spirit Airlines jet engine caught on fire after hit a large bird during take off.

Passengers and crew members had to evacuate the plane using emergency slides.

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