Volvo XC90 hit by landing plane [video]

Or plane hit by Volvo XC90 ?

This is what happens when a private roadway is near a landing strip.

On a road near the runway at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas on Saturday the inevitable happened. Rookie pilot William Davis was doing his first solo trip in a Cessna Sky Hawk airplane and after activating the landing gear and getting ready to touch ground he hit a passing Volvo XC90 that was on the road boarding with the runway.

Nobody was seriously hurt after the airplane hit the roof of the vehicle driven by Frank Laudo. His wife, Heather Laudo, called 911 immediately and initially confused the dispatcher when describing what happened.

The manager of the airport said that all drivers have to stop when the runway is active, but as you can see in this situation it did not happen. Airport officials mentioned that they have tried to buy that problematic roadway property but the owner refused all offers.

William Davis said that his piloting days are now over, an understandable decision.

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norther norther
volvo 1 - plane 0. trust the swedes :))
Nov 10th, 2012 2:22am
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Kyleleroux Kyleleroux
Stupidity must be painfull, pity that had to be taken out on the car!
Nov 8th, 2012 5:22pm
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Clement Clement
I am sure the comments are going to be 100 times more violent if this happens in China.... Some people in this website just choose things to comment.....
Nov 8th, 2012 6:56am
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QueensLandcarz QueensLandcarz
A private strip does not have an air traffic controller usually, so the pilot must always assess the safety of the landing area before landing, a vehicle that close should have been reason enough for him to initiate a missed approach and go around for another attempt.
Nov 8th, 2012 3:22am
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taliz taliz
That plane would have been quite difficult to spot actually. Since its not coming straight at you but rather from the side, and it was probably too high to notice until just before the crash. Sounds to me like that private road needs better signs and warnings, or better yet some beam or something to stop people from entering the runway accidentally.
Nov 8th, 2012 1:29am
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TroyBoy71 TroyBoy71
I saw this and thought "How the hell do you NOT see a plane flying at you?" - get off the road! You're clearly incompetent to drive...??
Nov 8th, 2012 1:02am
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International International
"Rookie pilot William Davis was doing his first solo trip in a Cessna Sky Hawk airplane and after activating the landing gear and getting ready to touch ground" Correction. He did not "activate" the landing gear. The Cessna Skyhawk 172 is a fixed landing gear and NOT a retractable landing gear.
Nov 8th, 2012 12:10am
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yiotis82 yiotis82
Are you kidding me? It's a plane and you couldn't even see that? Careless driving most of the times ends up with an accident, nice work.
Nov 7th, 2012 11:00pm
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tbrodie tbrodie
Sounds like they are working the deal the wrong way with the owner. Eminent domain may be the way to go.
Nov 7th, 2012 10:07pm
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eddie eddie
Common sense...whenever you cross railroad tracks or a runway always look!
Nov 7th, 2012 8:15pm
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