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Looping plane collides with family in car

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Looping plane collides with family in car
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A spectacular collision between a low-flying sport airplane and a car left five people injured in Bavaria on Sunday, saved from death by what police called “a few guardian angels.”

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The 45-year-old biplane pilot had reportedly been looping the plan near an airfield in Großostheim when he dove so low that he skimmed a field of grain. At the last moment he tried to bring the plane up but instead hit a car driving on the airfield road, police said.

Click here for a photo gallery of the accident clean up.

The extreme impact of the collision tore off the undercarriage of the plane and threw the car into a field.

The plane came to rest on its roof some 20 metres away, and the pilot escaped with no major injuries despite completely destroying the aircraft.

Three passengers in the car – a married couple and their 10-year-old daughter – also suffered only minor injuries. A passing biker who witnessed the accident was treated for shock, fire fighters reported.

The accident spurred a massive rescue operation and the fire department estimated damages could reach €60,000.

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