Flames shoot from Ryanair plane after it flies into flock of herons

The windscreen was splattered with the birds’ remains (Picture: @TACGAirSafety/CEN)

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A Ryanair plane engine burst into flames after colliding with a siege of herons in Italy.

Gory images show the aftermath of the bird strike as the flight came into land at Bologna’s Marconi Airport.

Horrified onlookers filmed fire spurting out of the right hand engine just before the London Stansted service touched down.

The pilots also appear to have had their vision obscured by the poor creatures, who left the windscreen covered in blood and guts when they slammed into flight FR1194.

No injuries were reported in the incident at around 11.30pm on Wednesday, November 24.

But the engine is thought have stopped working after an unknown number of birds hit it during the final approach.

Graphic pictures show the remains of the animals, with mangled feathers visible on the damaged plane.

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It is not known how many of the poor birds were killed in the ncident (Picture: @TACGAirSafety/CEN)
Flames was seen pouring out of an engine on the approach to Bologna (Picture: CEN)
Mangled feathers could be seen inside the engine (Picture: @TACGAirSafety/CEN)

They also showed remnants of the doomed birds clogging up the engine turbines, with feathers and pieces of bird carcasses plastered across the aircraft’s fuselage.

The pilots of the Boeing 737-800 landed relatively smoothly despite the engine stalling, local media reported.

After the plane stopped on the tarmac, an inspection suggested that the left engine had also been hit.

Ryanair did not respond to a request for comment from Metro.co.uk.

Bird strikes are relatively common in air travel but rarely result in endangering the aircraft and its passengers.

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