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Airline pilot startled by flying shark

By T.K. Randall
January 7, 2012 · Comment icon 28 comments



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A passenger jet pilot coming in to land was startled by a flying shark over Christchurch in New Zealand.
The pilot had been preparing to land when he radioed ground control to report a blue shark flying at an altitude of several thousand feet. The bizarre sight was soon identified as a remote-controlled helium-filled Air Swimmer shark that someone had probably received as a Christmas present. Warnings went out to other pilots in the area to steer clear of it.
The 1. 44-metre-long Air Swimmer toy has a radio receiver attached to its underside and can be operated by remote control over a range of 15m. Designer-developer William Mark Corporation warns that the shark is for "strictly indoor use only".


Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (28)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Toadie 11 years ago
That okay I'm really bored
Comment icon #20 Posted by Robbie333 11 years ago
Ha, ha, ha. Funny. I bought one of these for my grand baby for Christmas at Toys R Us. I did not get her the shark though, I bought her the clown fish. Very cool and she loves it !!! I would have loved to see the faces of the tower when the pilot made this claim ! Very funny, thanks. LOL
Comment icon #21 Posted by SewerRat 11 years ago
So Mr Sewerrat you are de gramma schoolboy.Dis guy saw a sharkSwimmin and he say dis was a shark right,and not a fussy lucking UFO.Dis croc he go very qik or maybe plane he go slow.I not forgit you want cum Thailand Oh no, the bloody fly-boys are here now. Tut.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Classified Document 11 years ago
Yeah lol, Robbie is right. Right now in NZ you can buy these flying shark toys. Pretty sure it was one of those lol.
Comment icon #23 Posted by angi chiesa 11 years ago
If everyone released one of these,well it would reduce global warming.Go for a shiny one for a good reflection.You wont feel guilty next time you burn dead leaves.
Comment icon #24 Posted by King Fluffs 11 years ago
First we had a ghost that broke into peoples homes, now we have flying sharks. My vote is on mutant killer sausages next.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Eldorado 11 years ago
Can you imagine if it was a flying Jesus the pilot saw. lol He'd be singing hymns right now and swearing he's had a vision. (Would be cool to get a vid of an inflatable flying Jesus, looking like he's surfing the clouds)
Comment icon #26 Posted by Englishgent 11 years ago
Can you imagine if it was a flying Jesus the pilot saw. lol He'd be singing hymns right now and swearing he's had a vision. (Would be cool to get a vid of an inflatable flying Jesus, looking like he's surfing the clouds) Not a good idea. Too many people would be taking pics and saying ''Look, a balloon that looks like jesus''
Comment icon #27 Posted by aquatus1 11 years ago
Hope they dont cost too much then $80 bucks, US, back in Texas. Dad: Son, where's the balloon shark! Your mom is taking a nap and I want to surprise her! Son: Ahh...
Comment icon #28 Posted by Englishgent 11 years ago
$80 bucks, US, back in Texas. Dad: Son, where's the balloon shark! Your mom is taking a nap and I want to surprise her! Son: Ahh...


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