Who says celebrities don't fly commercial? 

One of the world's most famous people was among the passengers who suffered a frightful experience when an engine shut down on the Boeing 767 they were on. The JFK-to-Moscow flight had just taken off when a reported bird strike forced the plane to return and make an emergency landing. 

Leonardo DiCaprio was aboard the plane, on his way to participate in the tiger summit, an international forum on tiger conservation, part of his role as an ambassador for the Global Tiger Initiative.

“[DiCaprio] wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing,” his spokesperson said in a release. And while the 36-year-old has yet to book another flight, one source told E! News that it wasn’t due to a lack of trying.

The summit, which lasts five days, is being held in St. Petersburg and hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

“Tigers are endangered and critical to some of the world’s most important ecosystems,” said DiCaprio earlier this year. “Key conservation efforts can save the tiger species from extinction, protect some of the planet’s last wild habitats and help sustain the local communities surrounding them. By protecting this iconic species, we can save so much more.”

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DiCaprio has terrifying flight en route to tiger summit
Actor/conservationist was on troubled Delta plane that made an emergency landing on Nov 21.