When William Davis asked his wife Kandy to record his first solo round-trip flight, he probably didn’t think the video would make national news. He also probably didn’t think he would crash into a moving car.
At Northwest Regional Airport in Texas over the weekend, Davis was landing his plane when he collided with a moving SUV. Miraculously no one was killed, but officials are still trying to determine how exactly it happened.
According to reports, cars aren’t supposed to drive in that area when planes are taking off and landing.
“When cars cross that area they are supposed to stop and wait for any airplanes,” Deputy Chief Gilbert Caldwell of the Roanoke Fire Department explained. “Either the plane didn’t see the car or the car didn’t see the plane.”
Here are some still shots from the breathtaking video:
“We couldn’t see anything at all, and then… all of a sudden… equipment was falling into the car,” Heather Laudo, one of the two people in the car at the time, remarked:
According to WFAA, it’s unclear whether Heather Laudo and her husband Frank even knew what hit them.
In the aftermath of the crash, airport manager Glen Hyde can be heard on Kandy Davis’ recording yelling, “Is anybody hurt?”
Hyde grabbed his first aid kit and ran to the Laudos’ vehicle. He immediately asked them whether they saw the stop sign… or the approaching plane.
“Whatever that is, it fell. Whatever that it is it hit our car,” they said.
“That is the landing gear,” Hyde responded. “You got hit by an airplane.”
“I know that!” Heather Laudo said in the recording.
“Why did you pull out if front of an airplane, is what I wanna know?” Hyde asked.
“We didn’t see it,” Frank Laudo said.
“We didn’t pull out in front of an airplane,” Heather Laudo added.
“Yes, you did!” Kandy Davis said. [Emphasis added]
Davis is thankful no one was killed in the accident, but won’t be making the same mistake twice. Though he’s apparently only a few weeks away from obtaining his pilot’s license, Davis said he probably won’t be flying again any time soon.
“Things like that make you reconsider what is important and what could have happened,” he concluded. “I have a young daughter and a wife, and they need me to be there to take care of them.”
Here’s the unbelievable video: