A PLANE packed packed with passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after smashing into a flock of around 50 STORKS.
This terrifying mid-air collision damaged the engines and landing gear of the 170-passenger Airbus A321 heading to London.
The aircraft had just taken off from Banjul airport in Gambia on November 8.
Thomas Cook flight attendant Kayleigh Loveridge writing on Facebook said: “We took off, and on our climb we went through a flock of approximately 50 storks, causing a bird strike to both engines.
“Both engines were damaged and not functioning in the way they should have.
“We heard big bangs, felt the entire aircraft shake, shortly followed by one of our emergency commands from the flight deck.”
Miss Loveridge uploaded images of the blood-splattered plane after the bird strike