Fugitive Vulture Poses Threat to Planes Escaped bird of prey in Scotland poses 'genuine' danger By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Aug 18, 2010 4:25 PM CDT 6 comments Comments In this photo released by a veterinarian team at Kasetsart University, a brown and white Himalayan griffon vulture with a radio detector on its wing flies after being released on top of a mountain in... (AP Photo/Kasetsart University) (Newser) – Scottish pilots have been warned to be on the lookout for a massive vulture that escaped from a local aviary, the BBC reports. The Griffon Vulture, known as Gandalf, has a 10-foot wingspan and can reach altitudes of 37,000 feet. Handlers for the World of Wings center say Gandalf was caught in a gust of wind during a display flight and simply left the center. "Gandalf is an absolute monster bird with a 10-and-a-half-foot wingspan. She poses a genuine threat to airplanes," the director of the center said. "It could do a lot of damage to a large aircraft," added a rep for Scotland's Cumbernauld Airport. "But it's also half the size of some of our small training aircraft and it could take one of them, or even a helicopter, right out."