A Belgian pilot recently survived a plane crash that left his small plane nose-down to Earth following a mid-air emergency.
A video from Viral Hog captured the plane’s descent. It showed the small plane hovering under the canopy of the red-and-white parachute, swaying in the wind. The plane initially appeared to be traveling slowly, but as it approached the ground, it was seen coming down with speed.
At the end of the video, a loud crash can be heard as the plane’s propeller lands first on the side of a road in Sint-Andries, Bruges. The plane landed in the same position it was when it returned to Earth – tail pointing to the sky.
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According to Sky News, the Bruges police said that the two-seater plane caused minimal damage to a street sign and fence in the area. The pilot also managed to free himself from the aircraft and is now being treated for minor injuries.
The officials describe the pilot as an experienced pilot. They revealed that his life was almost certainly saved by the Ballistic Recovery System (BRS), which launches the parachute.
Now the aviation authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash. New Zealand Herald separately reported that the aircraft involved in the incident was a DynAero MCRO1 – a lightweight two-seat aircraft made of carbon fiber.
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Meanwhile, this comes after a pilot made an emergency landing on a busy US highway earlier this month. On July 3, pilot Vicent Fraser was flying with his father-in-law in a single-engine plane when he was forced to land on a four-lane highway in North Carolina after his plane’s engine began to fail. The Swain County Sheriff’s Office shared the footage captured from Mr Fraser’s perspective as he made the tense landing.
In the clip, the plane appears to fly low to the ground, hovering over several cars before making contact with the road, barely missing a string of high-voltage cables. Finally, Mr. Fraser was able to land the plane smoothly, turning off the highway onto a side street.