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Plane Misses Landing on Sunbather by inches – Caught on Video

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Seems it was a day of near misses. In northern Germany a small plane, a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II to be specific, approached the runway to land on the airstrip at Dune, a small island off Heligoland that caters to tourists.

The pilot descended towards the airstrip, but dropped dangerously close to the beach’s white sands adjacent to the landing strip – and also much too close to a sunbather lying face down just below the plane’s landing path.

The Piper’s pilot had miscalculated his altitude narrowly avoiding striking the sunbather by just inches.

“I was watching the planes come into land,” said Rainer Schmidt, 52, who shot the video. “I had seen five planes land before this one came in. I instantly realized that this one was coming in to land far too low.

“The others were at least six meters high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky.”

Uwe Kaiser, another sunbather, said, “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 52 year old pilot, Juergen Drucker, admitted misjudging his approach to the runway, but said that he had not seen the man because he was lying down.

“It was me that was flying and I am really sorry. I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn’t one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit.”

After the dramatic landing, Drucker was able to patch up his plane and fly home that same evening.

The sunbather, perhaps realizing there are safer places to sunbathe (go figure!), was seen standing up and simply walking off.

 

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747 with no Pilot Nearly Takes Off by Itself – Video

A Boeing 747 is caught on video virtually taking off by itself without any pilot or crew. The jumbo jet accomplished this seemingly impossible feat due to the strong 70 mph winds blasting away at the wings of the plane as it sits in a jet boneyard in Mojave, CA, awaiting shipment to the scrap heap.

The aircraft, which was stripped of its jets, has empty fuel tanks, and is without passengers or crew, is left so light that the Mojave winds are free to have their way with the 747. Only the nose of the aircraft leaves the ground, but it lifts a significant amount off the tarmac giving the appearance it is about to take off.

The next day the plane was found to have rotated about 45 degrees from its original position. The lack of engines left the craft significantly tail heavy, at least enough to allow the plane to totter backward and forward lifting the nose quite high into the air. Although the back wheels remained in place, the nose and fuselage of the plane move numerous times.

Lightning Strikes Plane in Midair – Caught on Video

A new Emirates Airlines, double decker, Airbus A380 Jumbo jet en route to London’s Heathrow Airport is struck by lightning in midair, and it is all caught on video by a passenger on another plane.

Londoner Chris Dawson was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and was smart enough to prepare his camera to obtain some rare footage. The A380 Airbus is capable of carrying over 500 passengers, however they were all safe because lightning strikes are taken under consideration during the design of airplanes.

Jets are designed with a metal outer skin that is designed to absorb lightning strikes, and several planes each year are struck yet they all survive.

Isn’t technology amazing! Even though these airplanes are giants in the sky, they are capable of withstanding direct strikes from bolts of lightning carrying thousands of volts of electricity.

Who Knew Riding a Bicycle Could be so Funny?

Even if you have been to over 100 airports, you have probably never seen anyone ride a bicycle inside one. Plus it is guaranteed that you have never seen anyone ride a bicycle there in such a funny fashion.

Check out how these creative folks take the boredom out of a long trip to the airport:

It seems that some clever Estonian folks thought of this while in the Prague airport. Unfortunately, if they did that in the United States they would be strip searched, arrested, and imprisoned for life for terroristic activities. It’s not the best of times in the US these days. Prague, on the other hand, is not so bad.

Air France Jumbo Jet Clips Delta Jet in New York – Video

An Air France Super Jumbo Jet, an Airbus A380, clipped the tail of a much smaller Delta jet on the taxiway at New York’s JFK airport on Monday night. The collision spun the Delta jet, which was stopped at the time, around 90 degrees on the tarmac.

Amazingly no one was injured because of the collision. The smaller plane was Comair Flight 6293, a Delta Connection flight that had arrived only minutes earlier from Boston. Fortunately, the passengers in the Delta jet were still buckled into their seatbelts at the time of the collision.

The smaller plane was a Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet with 62 passengers and four crew members aboard. The Air France jet was a Paris-bound Flight 7 carrying 485 passengers and 25 crew members. The A380 jet can carry as many as 850 passengers depending upon the class configuration.

This collision marks the second time that an Air France A380 jumbo jet has collided with another jet on the ground. The first collision occurred when an A380 hit the wing of an Airbus A330 that was parked at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on October 30, 2010.

The A380 carries a wingspan of 261 feet, and some reports suggest that Air France pilots and air traffic controllers are still getting used to the wingspan of this huge jet. Air France currently owns four Airbus A380’s.

“This wasn’t just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet,” claimed Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an airline industry funded group that promotes global aviation safety. “This is not something that happens every day. This is not normal.”

At 8 pm, the approximate time of the collision, it was dark and rainy. “Both pilots and controllers would have been confronted with (a) sea of flashing lights and reflections which could partly explain why the Air France pilot may not have seen the regional jet,” Voss said.

Ground control at busy JFK airport is one of the most demanding jobs in the nation’s air traffic control system, according to Voss.

“It is extremely complex, highly visual and the workload can become almost superhuman,” he said.

Such a comment suggests that perhaps a change might be necessary for the air traffic controller system if one is concerned about the safety of the air traveling public, since this accident could have been much more serious than it was.

The Real Reason the TSA Uses New Scanners – Video

The TSA and the federal government has gone to great lengths to tell the American public why they had to switch from the old infrared scanners to the new high-tech scanners that can see through clothing. But that is all baloney.

If you want to learn the Real reason the TSA switched scanners, you must watch the old scanners in action. Watch this video and learn.

Can you imagine Hillary Clinton, John Boehner or Nancy Pelosi being caught in the act of passing gas and seeing the video posted on YouTube for all to see? It was an option that none of the power mongers in Washington wanted to see reach fruition.

Hillary will still be young enough to run for President when Barack Obama leaves office. She certainly doesn’t want a vid of her passing gas following her around during her campaign. Hence the new scanners are brought in.

 

Kanye West Arrested in LA then Released on Bond

Rapper/producer Kanye West and his bodyguard were arrested at the Los Angeles airport for felony vandalism after they allegedly destroyed the cameras of two paparazzi who were trying to photograph him.

The man in the hooded grey sweats in the video is allegedly Kanye. The man in red is his bodyguard and road manager, Don Crowley. West and Crowley were changing planes at LAX while en route to Hawaii, when the altercation took place prior to 8 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2008

So far, the only people talking to the press are the paparazzi who filed charges against West and Crowley. It is said that the cameras destroyed during the incident each cost as much as $10,000.


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West never showed his face in the video, however, the paparazzi, who reportedly worked for TMZ.com, claim that the hooded man is West.

The Associated Press is reporting that a witness, Charles Davis who works at the airport soliciting charity donations, saw the entire incident.

Davis claims that the 31-year-old West was “attacked” by the paparazzi and that West was merely “defending himself.”

Davis said, “I talk to him all the time. He’s a very nice gentleman. Very nice. He gives good donations to help children. He’s got a good, kind heart. I’ve gotten his autograph several times. I just don’t see why he was arrested. The man just put the camera too close to his face. I don’t blame him.”

Davis also said that he didn’t think the camera was totally destroyed. “It was just knocked out of the man’s hand,” said Davis.

West and Crowley were booked at a nearby Los Angeles police station and West was released on $20,000 bond.

Kanye West has won numerous Grammies and other awards during his career which hit the big time in 2004 with his album The College Dropout, which won Best Rap Album Grammy that year.

He also won Best Rap Album Grammy in 2005 for his album, Late Registration, and in 2007 for Graduation.

Despite his commercial success, West is also known for having a quick temper and speaking his mind on controversial topics. In 2005 during a telethon raising funds for hurricane Katrina victims, West said on the air that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Thursday’s arrest is the first time, however, that West has let his temper escalate above the verbal level.

The first video shows the actual altercation at the airport:

The second video is a CNN news report of the incident:

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