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Small plane makes emergency road landing

The Local · 29 Aug 2011, 10:56

Published: 29 Aug 2011 10:56 GMT+02:00

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The couple escaped with minor injuries from the spectacular incident, and no-one was injured on the quiet residential road, public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

The Cessna plane was on its way from the state of Hesse to Aschaffenburg in Bavaria when a defect forced the pilot to use the narrow road as a runway.

During the hair-raising manoeuvre, the plane scraped a roof, removed a satellite TV antenna, and destroyed a street lamp. It was also severely damaged on impact.

A police spokesman said the 47-year-old pilot and his wife were treated in hospital. Police, who were called in by local residents, temporarily blocked off the road until the plane could be cleared. Experts from the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation were also called in.

The couple had apparently chartered the plane for a pleasure tour.

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11:51 August 29, 2011 by wood artist
What's the old rule? Any landing you walk away from is okay.

Seriously, this pilot did a great job. That street is truly narrow, and filled with obstacles just asking for disaster. Nobody was seriously injured, and the other things can be replaced.

13:19 August 29, 2011 by Californian
Any landing you can walk away from is a "Happy Landing".

This is the type of pilot I want at the controls of "my" aircraft.

Imagine the "Intestinal Fortitude" it took to turn this into a positive outcome... ;-)
19:48 August 29, 2011 by zeddriver
Well done!
23:30 August 29, 2011 by rfwilson
Well done., Indeed!

It seems this amateur pilot must have been a student of Captain Sully Sullenberger who landed in the Hudson River in NY without any loss of life.
09:38 August 30, 2011 by moistvelvet
Quick thinking, but damn lucky he didn't kill anyone in the street. Just goes to show that self preservation prevails.
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