FORT MYERS, Fla. - By now, you have probably seen the video. Pilot Rob Weber was preparing to land at Page Field in Fort Myers when a bird crashed through his window, crippling part of his plane and showering him with feathers and debris. A Go-Pro camera mounted in his cockpit caught everything.
Not only did Weber land safely, he was back at work on Monday, fielding dozens of calls from media outlets all over the world. WINK News partner CNN interviewed Weber by Skype, and he received interview requests from as far away as Europe.
Weber was 1,000 feet above the ground and miles from Page Field when the impact occurred. He credits a woman named "Becky" in the Page Field tower with helping guide him to the ground.
"Quite honestly, she kept me calm," Weber told WINK News anchor Cayle Thompson on Monday. "I've known her for awhile. She did a great job of assuring me, 'We'll get you down. We'll get you here okay.' That was reassuring."
WINK News asked for an interview with the air traffic controller, but officials declined the interview, citing an ongoing investigation in the bird strike.
In addition to calls from all over the world, Weber says his video is already playing a role in flight instruction. A friend is using it as an example of how to handle a crisis in the cockpit.
"She asked me if I minded if she... used it as a training video," Weber said. "I told her it's fine. I would have liked to see something like that as a new pilot."
Weber says he plans to fly again as soon as repairs are made to his plane.