在孩子的生日气球进入飞机发动机几英寸后引发恐慌

A CHILD’s birthday balloon sparked panic when it came within inches of a plane’s jet engine.

The silver inflatable floated perilously close to the aircraft’s wing just after take-off.

Beriev Be-200 rescue and firefighter sea plane taxiing out of the water

Beriev Be-200 rescue and firefighter sea plane taxiing out of the water信用: 阿拉米

The air scare was rated a Category A event by the UK Airprox Board — which monitors and probes near-miss events.

Its report said: “With no time to react, the balloon just missed the port wing, passing underneath.”

After the Beriev Be-200 landed at Stansted, 艾塞克斯, the pilot was told by air traffic control: “Just to let you know the party balloon turned out to be a number seven.”

Near-misses involving balloons and drones are on the rise, with more than 400 such incidents in the past five years.

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