A bird in the cockpit caused a British Airways flight to be cancelled Monday after the feathered passenger disrupted the crew.
The flight from Heathrow to New Jersey had to be cancelled when a blackbird got into the cockpit of the plane and began flying near the face of the pilot, according to The Guardian.
"As the plane reached its starting position, a blackbird flew into the face of the pilot and started flying around the cockpit," said Anna Dolganov, a passenger on the plane, according to Travel Pulse.
Airport ground staff tried everything, including playing recordings of "starlings in distress" to scare the bird off, but that didn’t work, The Guardian noted.
"Our feathered friend is still at large, Dolganov quoted the captain as saying.
"If you happen to hear strange noises, please do not be alarmed," the captain added, regarding the recorded bird calls.
The flight was eventually cancelled and passengers were transferred to a different plane.
"When it comes to flying, we’re experts, so it’s not surprising this bird wanted to hitch a ride on one of our 12 daily flights to New York," a British Airways spokeswoman said. "We could not help him out this time, but after a short delay, we made sure our non-feathered customers got to the Big Apple as soon as we could."
This comes after a mouse caused a delay for a British Airways flight earlier this year, according to Travel Pulse.
The delay lasted for four hours.
The airline kept the situation lighthearted, though.
"We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco, but on this occasion, there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate," the airline said in a statement, at the time.
Twitter users reacted to the surprise guest.
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