Video: German twin-engine cargo plane miraculously escapes crash landing

Oct 17 2012 - 3 Comments

On Oct. 16, a decommissioned C-160 Transall cargo plane destined to the air museum in Wenigerode, nearly crashed on landing at Ballenstedt airfield, in Germany.

Some 1,000 people had gathered next to the runway threshold to watch the landing aircraft. However, the German Air Force Transall flew the approach a bit too low and touched down with the main landing gear on a road outside the airport, missing some onlookers by a matter of a few meters.

Fortunately, the twin-engine transport aircraft bounced on the road and touched down again on the runway.

Here’s an image published on the Bild.de website by one of those lucky photographers at Ballenstedt.

Image credit: Bild

  • Graham Summers

    oops! (or the German equivalent Schiesse)

  • humphrey

    These planes (and pilots ?) are very good at short landings : diving approach with extended airbrakes and propellers used also as airbrakes. Would have been a better choice !
    Nice diplay of the ability of the landing gear to accomodate rough terrain !

  • Bill G.

    I’d say the plane and pilot are lucky that the jet hit hard road and not soft grass before the runway. It’s a little hard to tell, but I’m thinking that some onlookers had a close call!