April 1, 1987

On April 1, 1987, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 had a mid-air colli­sion with a fish.

That’s right!

A fish!

According to the Anchorage Daily News, an eagle with a fish in its talons was flying at an angle across the Juneau airport runway as the airplane was taking off. Just before the two flight paths intersected, the eagle dropped the fish. The fish and the airplane collided in midair. The eagle escaped, but the “fish, species unknown, was presumed dead.” The fact that the incident occurred on April Fool’s Day led some to believe the story had been faked. It had not.

The article also revealed that there had been a collision between a moose and an airplane in Cordova a decade earlier. “The moose collision” was different, as the newspaper clearly stated, for it “occurred on the ground.” 


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