A remote-controlled helium-filled shark toy stunned an airborne pilot in New Zealand, NZ Newswire reported.
The passenger jet was on its descent about 9 kilometers from Christchurch International Airport on Dec. 26 when the pilot encountered the “rogue shark” and radioed ground control.
It was identified as a 1.44-metre-long Air Swimmer, a popular Christmas gift.
Designed for indoor use, the $99 shark can be operated by remote control over a range of 15 meters.
Air traffic was alerted to the shark but no one else reported seeing it, Airways spokeswoman Monica Davis was quoted as saying.
Glen Kenny, president of New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association, said the biggest risk the shark posed was startling the pilot.
It would probably not stop a jet engine if it was sucked into it but could do some damage, he said.