Fri, Nov 19, 2004
Pilot Was Buzzed On Short Final
This probably won't help the process of getting a runway and
hangar on private property in Maesybont, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Tony Ware was landing his Bolkow BO-207 when he got a bee in his
bonnet -- or more appropriately, a wasp down his shirt.
Here's how the Department of Transport described what
"The aircraft was on short final approach to the runway when the
pilot was reportedly stung on the right side of his abdomen by a
wasp which had made its way under the loosely fitting T-shirt that
he was wearing. He touched down late as a result of struggling to
dislodge the insect. He then attempted a go-around, but failed to
clear the hedge at the far end of the runway.
"The undercarriage struck the hedge," the report continued,
"flipping the aircraft onto its back in the adjacent field. The
pilot was unhurt and managed to exit the aircraft via the left-hand
side window, which had shattered in the impact."
Ware walked away from the accident unhurt and was a bit peeved
at the attention.
"If you had that much attention every time a car crashed then
the newspapers would be full of accident reports," he said, quoted
in the Wales Western Mail.
Ware is in the process of trying to get a permit for the
construction of an airstrip and a hangar on the property where his
aircraft went down.
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