In a strange turn of events, a road user had the misfortune of T-boning a single-prop plane after an emergency landing went awry. Watch below!
While plane crashes are relatively rare, the potential for tragedy is significant when they occur, especially if they involve vehicles. Fortunately, a recent incident in McKinney, Texas, resulted in only minor injuries, and the pilot walked away unharmed despite quite the impact.
The incident occurred on the 11th of November when the aircraft was unable to stop before the end of the runway during landing. Breaking through a fence, it skidded into traffic on a nearby highway, intersecting with a Hyundai Sonata. The sedan driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the two individuals in the aircraft were examined at the scene and seemingly did not require medical attention.
Jack Schneider, who was present at the airport, captured the incident on video after realizing there was a problem. He noted that the airplane was moving quickly down the runway with smoking tires. Witnesses also claimed that the pilot had mentioned a malfunctioning thrust reverser.
The aircraft involved is a Lancair IV-P propjet, a high-performance four-seat private aeroplane equipped with a turboprop engine—a jet turbine that propels a propeller and can reach speeds of 550 km/h.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the pilot was flying from Midland Airpark in Texas to Aero Country Airport, the crash site. A pressurization issue at 25 000 feet prompted a rapid descent, leading to an attempted landing at the destination airport. The first attempt was aborted, leading to the subsequent incident.
The cause of the crash, including whether the pressurization problem played a role, is still under investigation.