The sparrow said: “a little crazy” in the cockpit and forced the pilots to turn the flight for nearly an hour after take-off.
An unexpected stowaway forced a Delta flight to run, late Saturday morning.
Delta flight 1943 from Detroit, Atlanta had to return to Detroit “shortly after take-off”, because a small sparrow had sneaked into the cockpit, airport officials said.
The feathered offender slipped on the plane at the boarding gate and then made his way to the cockpit, where the captain was aware of the nuisance.
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Maintenance crews were called in to help search for the bird, but it was so small, neither the crew nor the captain could find after a search of more than an hour and delaying the flight for at least that long, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.
The pilot initially announced to the passengers that they may need to take a plane to exchange after they were unable to locate the bird, but ultimately decided to continue as planned and fly the plane to Atlanta.
As soon as the pilot landed the plane in Detroit, the crews were able to locate the bird and safely remove it from the plane.
(Fox 5 Atlanta)
A passenger on board said: “literally an hour into the flight,” the captain made another announcement to the crew and the passengers, Click on Detroit reported.
“I’ve got an update that the bird is back and it goes a little bit nuts in here, in the cockpit, and we do not feel safe on this flight, so we go back to Detroit,” passenger Brian Buonassissi told Click on Detroit.
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As soon as the plane landed back in Detroit, the crews were able to get the bird and safely remove it from the plane, the officials said.
The flight continued to Atlanta after a long delay. Some passengers had to rebook flights because of the delay that they miss their connections.
Buonassissi, an international DJ that was on the way to a gig, said: “I have a few crazy stories, but that one takes the cake.”