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An Alligator’s Deadly Encounter With a Plane in Florida

“One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen in all my years in aviation.”

Flying in an airplane is one of the safest ways to travel, especially in terms of avoiding alligator attacks. But because Florida, an alligator was killed recently after it jumped up and hit the wing of a moving aircraft.

According to WFTV, the wildlife strike occurred last week at Florida’s Orlando Executive Airport. The unnamed pilot was crossing the runway in a small prop plane* when the animal leaped into the air and hit the wing. A fellow pilot named Brad Pierce shared a picture of the aftermath on Facebook.

The airport is bordered by two separate lakes, so the alligator’s presence on the runway is not entirely surprising.

And, of course, it is Florida. According to WKMG, there have been at least four plane-alligator collisions in the state since 1998.

*Correction: This article initially misidentified the plane as a jet.