Close Call For Airplane, Beachgoer


Pilot Juergen Drucker, 52, was approaching to land his Piper Archer at a seaside runway on an island off the German coast, when he got a little too low and was caught on video with his gear apparently skimming just inches above a man lying in the sand. “It was me that was flying and I am really sorry,” said Drucker. “I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn’t one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit.” Rainer Schmidt, 52, who shot the video, told The Telegraph that he was watching the planes come in and had seen five others land before this one. “I instantly realized that this one was coming in to land far too low,” he said. “The others were at least six meters high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky.”

Drucker’s airplane hit a fence and a sand dune on its way to a bumpy but safe landing on the runway. He was able to repair the airplane and fly home later in the day. The video footage was published by the German tabloid news site Bild.