Watch a small plane plow into an SUV -- and still land safely

In an exceptional feat of controlling a flying machine, a pilot somehow manages to land a small plane after it strikes an SUV that happened to cross the runway.

Um, look out. NBC News Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

"These things happen" is a phrase people love to use to explain the inexplicable. But some things truly don't just happen unless someone does something very, very silly.

Please, then marvel at what William Davis must have been thinking, as he landed a 2005 Cessna Skyhawk on Saturday at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, just north of Fort Worth.

Fortunately, you can marvel in some detail as his wife Candy happened to be filming the proceedings. There was her husband landing peacefully, when a black SUV sauntered across the runway.

The sight must have been stunning for Davis, just as the impact must have been bracing. Yet he somehow managed to keep control of the Cessna sufficiently to bring it to a safe stop on land.

As NBC News reports it, the SUV contained Frank and Heather Laudo of Flower Mound, Texas. Mr. Laudo told NBC News: "I saw it about a second before it hit us. I was opening my mouth to go 'duck!'"

Rather than opening one's mouth, doesn't one bend one's neck to duck? Perhaps it's different in Texas.

What seems thoroughly peculiar is that the Laudos didn't see the plane coming in. After all, they were at, um, an airport. Doesn't one look out for these things?

Though there seems currently no information as to what in Jerry Jones' name they were doing out there -- other than that they were on their way to lunch -- NBC News did offer a quite fascinating quote from Mrs. Laudo: "It it was kind of like a hawk with its talons coming up and scooping the car -- and the talons breaking off."

Those talons would have been the landing gear.

Naturally, an investigation is taking place. NBC Dallas Forth Worth suggests that this is the fourth "incident" involving aircraft at this airport in the last 3 months.

All were unrelated and none of the others involved a car.

The road on which the Laudos were traveling is actually public. They suffered relatively minor injuries, while Davis, a student pilot, apparently got out unscathed.

Is it necessary for "Beware Low Flying Objects" signs to be put up around an airport? It would seem so.

 

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