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Plane Clips Roof of SUV!
Breathtaking Footage Shows the Moment a Plane Crashes into a Moving Vehicle in Texas.. Breathtaking Video Footage of Plane Crashing into a Moving SUV Vehicle | Crash was at Northwest Regional Airport in Texa
When William Davis asked his wife Kandy to record his first solo round-trip flight, he probably didn’t think the video would make national news. He also probably didn’t think he would crash into a moving car.
At Northwest Regional Airport in Texas over the weekend, Davis was landing his plane when he collided with a moving SUV. Miraculously no one was killed, but officials are still trying to determine how exactly it happened.
According to reports, cars aren’t supposed to drive in that area when planes are taking off and landing.
“When cars cross that area they are supposed to stop and wait for any airplanes,” Deputy Chief Gilbert Caldwell of the Roanoke Fire Department explained. “Either the plane didn’t see the car or the car didn’t see the plane.”
“We couldn’t see anything at all, and then… all of a sudden… equipment was falling into the car,” Heather Laudo, one of the two people in the car at the time, remarked:
According to WFAA, it’s unclear whether Heather Laudo and her husband Frank even knew what hit them.
WFAA relates: In the aftermath of the crash, airport manager Glen Hyde can be heard on Kandy Davis’ recording yelling, “Is anybody hurt?” Hyde grabbed his first aid kit and ran to the Laudos’ vehicle. He immediately asked them whether they saw the stop sign… or the approaching plane. “Whatever that is, it fell. Whatever that it is it hit our car,” they said. “That is the landing gear,” Hyde responded. “You got hit by an airplane.” “I know that!” Heather Laudo said in the recording. “Why did you pull out if front of an airplane, is what I wanna know?” Hyde asked. “We didn’t see it,” Frank Laudo said. “We didn’t pull out in front of an airplane,” Heather Laudo added. “Yes, you did!” Kandy Davis said. [Emphasis added]
Davis is thankful no one was killed in the accident, but won’t be making the same mistake twice. Though he’s apparently only a few weeks away from obtaining his pilot’s license, Davis said he probably won’t be flying again any time soon.
“Things like that make you reconsider what is important and what could have happened,” he concluded. “I have a young daughter and a wife, and they need me to be there to take care of them.”
Here’s the unbelievable video:
A Texas student pilot four weeks away from receiving his pilot license has given up flying after a crash in which his plane clipped the top of an SUV.“Things like that make you reconsider what is important and what could have happened,” the would-be pilot, William Davis, told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. “I have a young daughter and a wife, and they need me to be there to take care of them.”
Davis was preparing to land his 2005 Cessna Skyhawk plane at the north end of the runway at theNorthwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of Dallas, Saturday morning when an SUV on a road near the runway did not stop. The collision caused the landing gear of Davis’ plane to clip the top of the SUV, all while traveling at a speed of nearly 65 mph.
“I was shocked,” Davis, piloting his first solo round-trip flight, told WFAA. “Just from the video that I saw, it looks like they kept going … they didn’t stop at the stop sign.”
Video of the crash was captured by Davis’ wife, Kandy, whom he’d asked to capture his first solo trip. Instead, she captured her husband’s aircraft clipping the roof of the SUV driven by Frank and Heather Laudo, a couple from nearby Flower Mound, Texas, on their way to lunch.
“We couldn’t see anything at all, and then, all of a sudden, equipment was falling into the car,” Heather Laudo told WFAA. “There was … glass everywhere.”
Despite the impact, and even without his landing gear, Davis, who could not be reached for comment, was able to land the plane on its belly on the runway before skidding off onto a grassy area. There were no injuries.
Frank Laudo, who was also not available for comment when reached today by ABCNews.com, managed to steer the vehicle safely to the side of the road while his wife called 911, according to Trooper Lonnie Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Laudos told WFAA they are regulars at the airport and know the protocols of stopping while the runway is active. The video, the Davises say, shows the word STOP is painted on the pavement ahead of the runway where the Laudos should have stopped, and where another car had gone ahead moments before the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
Saturday’s crash is the fourth incident at the regional airport in the past six weeks, according to WFAA.
In September, two men were killed when their plane crashed soon after takeoff. Last month, a plane carrying a local doctor, his two sons and their uncle was found in ruins after vanishing after takeoff and, five days later, a plane hit a fence and flipped over during takeoff. The pilot, in that case, escaped serious injury, WFAA reported.