The pilot of a banner-towing aircraft in California had the narrowest of narrow escapes the other day.
On the busy holiday weekend with many heading to the beach, the plane was one of the many advertisement banner-towing aircraft flying in the area.
According to preliminary reports from investigators, the Bellanca Scout plane apparently had trouble gaining altitude as it lifted off from Long Beach Airport runway 25L at about 1:15 p.m. Fire and airport officials believe the right wing of the plane struck a power line and was sheered (sic) off, eventually landing in a lot adjacent to the airport.
The pilot, described only as man about 45 years old, was able to jettison the banner, which landed next to the JSC industrial building near Walnut Avenue, before hitting the freeway embankment.
There's more at the link.
That's Interstate 405 you're looking at - the busiest and most congested freeway in the USA! Despite having lost a wing, the plane missed all the traffic on the twelve-lane highway, plonking down on the verge where you see it. The pilot walked away unhurt!
Talk about lucky . . .