‘It wasn’t one of my greatest achievements’; Pilot almost lands plane on sunbather

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The leisurely activity of sunbathing should only really bring you one real dilemma; How badly will your skin be burnt if you forget your factor 30?  However,  for one sunbather  in northern Germany, the relaxing concept of sunbathing literally became a matter of life or death.  As Rainer Schmidt, 52, who shot the video, explains; ‘I had seen five planes land before this one came in. I instantly realised that this one was coming in to land far too low. The others were at least six metres high. It was so close to the man on the beach. The man was very lucky.’

When questioned on his landing techniques, the pilot in control of the plane, Juergen Drucker, 52, said ”It was me that was flying and I am really sorry. I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn’t one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit. In my defence I can say that I didn’t see him because he was lying down and I’m just very grateful it worked out well and I didn’t land on him.’

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