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plane tries to land on Porsche!

16 June 2003
Santa Monica, CA.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German pilot and driver escaped unhurt when a one-seater plane landed on top of a speeding car at a little-used airport, police in the western town of Bitburg said Wednesday.

"It was a miracle that no one was hurt. There was considerable damage done to the plane and the car," said Klaus Schnarrbach, spokesman for the Bitburg police.

The driver was racing at 160 kph (100 mph) with 11 other members of a local Porsche club at the airport, a former U.S. air base, when the single-engine plane accidentally landed on his roof. The shocked driver slammed on the brakes, sending the plane crashing to the ground.

"The airplane managed to stay steady on the roof at first," said Schnarrbach, adding the pilot faced possible charges of negligence. "They probably couldn't have done it that well if they had tried," he said
xxx said:
WTF? How do you "accidentally" land on a car? :confused:
As it was a sailplane with additional small engine the pilot doesn't have too much view of what's happening directly under the plane. He (58 years if that does matter) thought he would land on the Bitburg airfield on the correct runway, although he didn't have an allowance by the tower.

His bad luck was that this Porsche (55 year old driver if that does matter) was just cruising on that runway with about the same speed that the plane had. So it's likely that he didn't see the Porsche and was surprised that the touch down point was about 1.3 meters higher than expected. Just a guess, maybe some of our pilots here can say more.