Shock Ferris Wheel Plane Crash: Miracle Nobody Injured – Plus Video
Every now and then an unusual news story comes along that really shocks us and today is one of those occasions. Yesterday in Australia a plane crashed into a Ferris wheel and almost miraculously nobody was injured, although there were certainly a few people badly shaken. We have a video for you to view of the incident, which you can see below this story.
The big wheel was situated at a three-day festival taking place at Old Bar, a village over 200 miles north of Sydney in eastern Australia. A light aircraft, a Cheetah S200, had just taken off from a local airfield when it managed to impact the Ferris wheel, becoming completely caught up in it. The two men in the plane became trapped in the wreckage along with two children who were riding the Ferris wheel in one of the carriages. Amazingly the big wheel stayed upright.
The two children trapped in a carriage near the top of the wheel were 13-year-old Amber Arndell along with her autistic brother, 9-year-old Jesse and they remained in the wreckage for 90 minutes. A rescue operation was undertaken whereby a crane was used to finally free the children after 90 minutes stuck high in the air. Amber spoke to Seven News after the rescue and said, “When I turned around there was just this big plane right behind me I was so scared, Jesse was screaming.” Younger brother Jesse said, “I was freaking out that the crane was going to take forever,” according to Jonathan Samuels of Sky News.
The two men caught in the plane, owned by a local man, were the 53-year-old pilot and a 32-year-old male passenger. They remained trapped but hanging by their seatbelts for a long 3 hours before they were finally brought down safely. According to an Associated Press report by Rod McGuirk over on MSNBC, the pilot Paul Cox, said after the rescue that he had not spotted the Ferris wheel adding, “The next thing I knew, I was stopped inside the Ferris wheel. I had no idea for a few minutes and I was just hoping no one got hurt.”
A Rural Fire Service spokesman, Ben Shepherd said, “Thankfully, everyone was taken down and were able to walk away from it.” According to a witness a child in a carriage near the bottom of the wheel was hit by flying debris but although upset was uninjured. Fortunately the wheel was almost empty at the time of the crash due to intermittent rain, although it was said to have been full just minutes before. Air safety investigators and police were left to inspect the scene. Take a look at the video of the incident below and if you have any thoughts or observations to share then let us have your comments
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