This is what happens when a bird smashes a plane's windshield

You've heard the stories about bird strikes. But to see one hit at 170mph is quite something.

Strike. CNN/Courtesy Rob Weber screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You're flying along at 170mph in Florida's happy skies.

Suddenly you have a gatecrasher. Or, rather, a windshield crasher.

In remarkable footage taken from the cockpit by Rob Weber, everything seemed to be going fine, before it wasn't.

As NBC 2 reports, Weber described his reaction when a bird crashed through his windshield as he flew toward Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla.: panic

One hears stories of bird inadvertently striking planes, whether it is engines or windshield.

But the footage suggests that you just don't see it coming. Weber told NBC 2: "You're sitting there waiting for a bird to come in. Never did see him. All of the sudden the window just explodes. I don't know if he was diving or what happened when I got him."

At the time, Weber was 1,000 feet from the ground and entirely alone.

He had no windshield and there were copious amounts of blood to make a landing a touch abnormal. Weber sustained a cut forehead, but lived to tell the tale.

He said he's been flying for 11 years and this was only the second time he'd had to mutter "mayday."

At least the video will prove to his insurance company precisely what happened.

 

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