A Belgian pilot had a happy escape after the small plane he was sitting in was found to have fallen in the middle of the flight – only for an emergency parachute to deploy and save his life.
The incident happened on Friday afternoon near Bruges.
According to reports, witnesses heard an explosion and looked up to see the plane slowly descend to the ground.
The video shows how the plane landed nose-first on a road in Sint-Andries.
The pilot managed to escape freely from the plane and is being treated for minor injuries.
Officials said the pilot – who is not named – was an experienced flyer.
And they suggested that his life was almost certainly saved by the aircraft’s Ballistic Recovery System (BRS).
The special parachute can be mounted on light sports aircraft.
One pilot told the HLN website: “If you pull a lever in an emergency, a rocket will fire with the parachute derby.
“I can not comment on this specific situation, but perhaps that was the safest option for the pilot.”
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