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article imageLanding plane barely misses sunbather on beach

By Anne Sewell     Jun 3, 2014 in Odd News
A small plane narrowly missed wiping out a sunbather on a beach on Dune Island in the Heligoland archipelago off the coast of Germany. The pilot said "It wasn't one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit," as he misjudged his landing over the beach.
The man was relaxing and sunbathing on the beach on the small island of Dune, when a plane made a rather bad landing and nearly wiped him out in the process.
“It was me that was flying and I am really sorry,” pilot Juergen Drucker, 52, told the MailOnline Monday.
Fellow beachgoer, Rainer Schmidt, 52, caught the whole thing on video, which can be viewed on the website.
Schmidt told the media that he was watching the planes coming in to land. He had apparently seen five land before this one came along and he realized that something was wrong.
"I instantly realized that this one was coming in to land far too low. The others were at least [20 feet] high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky.”
Apparently the only damage was to a fence near the airstrip plus some minor damage to the plane itself.
Another beachgoer, Uwe Kaiser, said that most people don't pick that spot on the beach, because the landing field is so close. He told the media, “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. It really was a close shave.”
The pilot continued, “In my defense I can say that I didn’t see him because he was lying down, and I’m just very grateful it worked out well and I didn’t land on him.”
The sunbather who was nearly mowed down apparently got up and immediately relocated.
Apparently Dune airport has three short runways and both landings and takeoffs can be tricky and require experience.
A plane landing on Dune Island nearly wiped out a sunbather on the beach.
A plane landing on Dune Island nearly wiped out a sunbather on the beach.
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