JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – A dramatic video of a sea plane just missing a surfacing humpback whale as it came in to land in Alaska has become a hit online, & the man who shot it says it was blind luck.
Thomas Hamm, a San Diego businessman, was in the remote village of Angoon, approximately 60 miles (35 km) southwest of Juneau, last week when he recorded the footage with his cellphone.
In the video, the aircraft descends on a shallow run & is approximately to land in a seemingly calm bay yet then pulls up abruptly as the surfacing whale blows a geyser of spray up over the plane's windshield.
"The man I was with on the dock looked at me & said, 'Tell me you received that?'," Hamm said.
"I played it back & there was the plane & the whale … These guys who fly in Alaska, let me tell you, they are good."
The clip, posted by Hamm on YouTube under the title "Whale v. Pontoon Plane," has received more than 170,000 views in less than a week.
(Reporting by Steve Quinn; Editing by Daniel Wallis & Paul Tait)