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

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

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