Watch: Plane Almost Hits Whale; Pilot Doesn’t Notice It

By Epoch Video
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Epoch Video
July 16, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2014


It was a close call in Angoon, Alaska last week when a small plane almost collided with a whale and amazingly, the whole thing was caught on video.

Ok, you might have missed it.

The small bump there that almost looks like a wave is actually the top of the whale’s head coming out of the water to clear its blowhole.

Thankfully, the pilot quickly maneuvered to avoid hitting the marine mammal. 

CNN spoke with Thomas Hamm, the man who took the video.

Hamm, who was watching the plane come in from Juno said, “All the sudden, the pilot advanced the throttle and I didn’t know why. I thought ‘Oh something must be wrong.'”

What makes this story even more interesting though is that Hamm told CNN the pilot didn’t even realize he’d almost hit a whale. 

He was simply reacting to shouts from people on nearby land when he quickly lifted his plane higher above the water.

This actually reminded us of another close call that took place back in June.

A pilot manning a small plane almost hit a sun bather on a beach in Germany.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Whales are a pretty common sight in Alaska. According to Alaska whale tourists, these animals migrate from Mexico to Alaska every year, usually reaching Alaska in April.

The whales then stay around the Last Frontier State through the end of September.

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