When riding rides at fairs, the last thing one would think in regard to safety is that a plane would crash into a ride. Sure you always wonder if the old, rusty rides are safe… but a plane?
That’s what happened today in Australia. First off, let me assure you that everyone is okay! I can’t believe no one was injured, but amazingly, there are no injuries.
Now that you can breathe that sigh of relief, you can read onward without trepidation.
According to reports on Yahoo, “two children — a 9-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl — were trapped in a carriage at the top of the wheel near the wrecked plane for 90 minutes”.
The ultra-light plane carrying two men, the pilot and a passenger, crashed at a rural festival in eastern Australia today. The plane hit the frame of the wheel near the top and became entangled.
The 52-year-old pilot and his 32-year-old passenger were trapped inside the mangled aircraft for almost three hours while rescuers got a crane to rescue the two children and the men. The pilot told officials he didn’t see the Ferris wheel before he hit it.
“The next thing I knew, I was stopped inside the Ferris wheel,” he said. “I had no idea for a few minutes and I was just hoping no one got hurt.”
ABC Australia reports witnesses saying the ride was chock full of children only minutes before the crash, but because the rain was stopping and starting the wheel was nearly empty when the plane struck.
“The kids were fantastic,” a paramedic at the scene tells Yahoo. “They were so calm and so well-behaved and very brave. And so were the two gentlemen in the plane. They were just the best patients we could ever hope for, and the best thing about it, no one really had any injuries.”
Here’s a video report from the Huffington Post: