Bird flying through plane windshield caught on camera

Viral video making pilot famous after he lands in Fort Myers

CREATED Feb. 24, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Robert Weber was flying on autopilot Saturday through the clear sky, when the unexpected happened.

"All of the sudden the windshield just exploded," Weber said.

A bird smashed through the windshield, sending glass and feathers flying everywhere.

It even knocked Weber's glasses off his face.

"It hit me upside the head and knocked me a little senseless," Weber said.
 
"I stuck my hand up and touched my forehead and my hand was covered in blood."
 
Flying at 170 miles per hour with a missing windshield, Weber says he ducked behind the dash board and radioed in a "mayday" call.
 
Luckily, he was just a few miles from Fort Myers commuter airport, Page Field, and air traffic controllers were able to talk him through the emergency landing.
 
"She could hardly hear what I was saying because the wind was so loud and I kept trying to cup the mic so she could hear me better," Weber said of the air traffic controller. 
 
Minutes later, Weber landed safely on the ground with a sigh of relief.
 
He walked away with just a few scrapes and bruises, but his plane is going to need a little bit of work.
 
One side of the windshield is completely gone.
 
The video of the whole ordeal has gone viral.
 
Weber says he's spoken to national and international media outlets.
 
And when he watches the video in slow motion, he says he can understand why.
 
"Frame by frame you look at it and you go wow, that's a bird!" Weber said.
 
All that was recovered of the bird was a foot and some feathers.
 
The airport is using them to try and identify what kind of bird it was.