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Plane, Sunbather in Nearest of Misses Where Runway Meets Beach (Video)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 11:41 AM

A small plane attempting to land at an airstrip on an island beach in Germany narrowly missed someone sunbathing on the sand just seconds before the aircraft touched down on a nearby runway.

The incident was caught on video and posted on YouTube Monday by the German tabloid Bild. It showed the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, flown by Juergen Drucker, 52, flying over the beach and just missing the sunbather, according to London's The Telegraph.




The Daily Mail reported that the incident happened along coast at Dune on the island of Heligoland in Germany.

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"The man who was almost hit was lying down and he turned over to look after seeing the plane coming and then instantly flung himself down in the sand as it crossed over him," said Uwe Kaiser, who witnessed the incident, according to The Telegraph. "It really was a close shave."

Rainer Schmidt, 52, who just happened to be shooting video on the beach that day, said after watching previous planes land at the airstrip knew something was different about this plane's attempt.

"I was watching the planes come into land," he said. "I had seen five planes land before this one came in. I instantly realized that this one was coming in to land far too low. The others were at least six meters high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky."

According to The Telegraph, Drucker said he didn't realize how close he was to missing the landing strip and never saw the sunbather he barely missed. The plane appeared to have knocked over a barrier between the beach and landing strip, damaging the aircraft.

"It was me that was flying and I am really sorry," Drucker said afterward. "I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn't one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit."
The Daily Mail wrote that Drucker expressed relief that no one was injured.

"I'm just very grateful it worked out well and I didn't land on him," he said.

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