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Pirvate Plane pilot Rob Webber's view seconds before a bird crashed into and shattered his windshield.

Pirvate Plane pilot Rob Webber’s view seconds before a bird crashed into and shattered his windshield.

Rob Webber, a private airplane pilot, was flying high over Fort Myers, Fla, over the weekend, when a bird suddenly slammed into his windshield. He caught the collision on video that is going viral on the Internet.

He was on his way to Page Field Airport, Saturday (Feb. 22) and was videoing his flight through his windshield as he was flying at around 1,000 feet in the air.

It’s the last place he expected to collide with a bird.

“Never did see him. All of the sudden the window just explodes,” Webber recounted.” I don’t know if he was diving or what happened when I got him,” he told local NBC affiliate WBBH.

Weber was flying at about 170 mph when the plane collided with the bird. He was able to land his plane without incident, despite a shattered windshield and a cut on his head from flying glass.

The most infamous bird strike on an airplane occurred in 2009 when Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was forced to ditch his passenger jet with 150 people on board in the Hudson River in New York City.

His US Airways Airbus A320 jet was swarmed by a flock of Canada geese as it was taking off from LaGuardia Airport. No one died in the crash.

More than 9,000 birds significant bird strikes on aircraft are reported annually in the United States, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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