- A flamingo calmly led an EasyJet plane into its bay at the Palma de Mallorca Airport.
- The bird was alone, and seemed in no hurry to fly away, despite the impatient beeps from the plane’s horn.
- Air traffic controllers filmed the commotion, and called the flamingo “very elegant.”
- Flamingos have usually left Mallorca by April, so the presence of this particular rogue bird was a surprise.
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We’re all used to experiencing certain delays when we travel. But it’s not often you can see the culprit of the commotion sauntering in front of a moving plane.
That’s what happened at the Palma de Mallorca Airport in Spain, when a flamingo led an EasyJet plane to its bay in no particular hurry.
A video was shared by the Spanish air traffic controllers, who in a translation said the bird was “very elegant, walking on the platform.”
Un flamenco recibía esta mañana a los pasajeros que llegaban al aeropuerto de Palma. Muy elegante, paseando por la plataforma…. pic.twitter.com/xmNBui2WtI
— Controladores Aéreos ???????? (@controladores) April 7, 2019
The plane had just landed, according to Travel + Leisure, and the pilots had to be alerted of the flamingo’s presence.
The flamingo itself seems very calm in the video, and in no rush to fly off, even with the impatient beeps of the plane’s horn.
Birds have been known to delay flights for hours if they strike an aircraft, so airport staff have many procedures to keep them out of the way. Palma de Mallorca Airport staff weren’t expecting to see a flamingo on the tarmac, though, as the birds have usually left the Spanish island by April.
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