BARNSTABLE, Mass. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A Cape Air flight headed to Nantucket had to quickly turn around after a large bird crashed through the co-pilot’s window.

The co-pilot of the Cessna 402C was scratched by glass and its four passengers spattered with the bird’s blood after the collision Wednesday morning.

The pilots were able to safely land at Barnstable Municipal Airport.

“The pilots did a great job getting back,” airport manager Roland Breault told the Cape Cod Times. “I’m sure it was scary.”

A Cape Air spokeswoman said the passengers changed clothes and boarded another plane for the trip to Nantucket. She said Cape Air maintenance workers were examining the plane to ensure there was no structural damage.

“I’m sure it was very disconcerting,” spokeswoman Michelle Haynes told the paper.

Ornithologist and Cape Cod Times bird columnist E. Vernon Laux was shown a photo of the dead bird and identified it as an immature red-throated loon.

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