Passengers onboard a plane miraculously dodged being hit by its propeller after it smashed through the side of the aircraft.

Officials have launched an investigation after it was found that a "large bird" smacked into Jetstream 41 as the aircraft was landing in South Africa.

The plane was approaching Venetia Mine when the propeller blasted through the cabin, all the way to the other side of the aisle.

Luckily, no one was injured after it landed in a section of the cabin which was unoccupied, reports the Daily Mail.

Despite no injuries, the plane suffered catastrophic damage after the blade ripped through one side of the plane before it wrecked the window pane on the opposite side of the fuselage.

It has been confirmed that the aircraft was able to make a safe landing.

Airlink, the Johannesburg airline which operates Jetstream 41 issued a statement, which read: "Yesterday an Airlink Jetstream 41 aircraft operating a private charter flight struck a large bird upon landing at Venetia airfield.

"None of the passengers or crew were injured although the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

"In compliance with aviation protocols and regulations, the occurrence was reported to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) which will conduct an investigation.

"The aircraft remains at Venetia airfield pending the SACAA's inspection and a full damage assessment."

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It has been a chaotic week for airlines as Heathrow Airport was met with mayhem after a fox and a set of birds caused travel disruption.

The crafty fox managed to stop several flights from landing at the London airport after it scampered onto the runway on January 2.

A flock of birds also caused carnage at the airport after a flight from Dubai had to be escorted by fire appliance following reports of a possible tailstrike or bird strike when landing.

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