A former US Navy pilot had a close call last week.
In a lucky twist of fate, no one was hurt Thursday afternoon after the pilot of a single-engine, jet fighter-style airplane clipped a cable spanning the Colorado River, lost a piece of a wing on Interstate 70 and sent the cable wire smashing into vehicles traveling the highway.
Witnesses reported the wire acted like a whip, taking out several windshields on vehicles and causing damages, including damages to a semitrailer.
The pilot, who had taken off in a Aero L39C from the Grand Junction Regional Airport, returned to make an emergency landing on the runway about 2 p.m., according to an official with the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Several vehicles were stopped along the roadway with smashed windshields and other damages.
Traffic was limited to one lane in each direction for hours on I-70 as emergency workers attempted to clear the highway and respond to the scene of multiple damaged vehicles.
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Witnesses of the plane upon landing could see clear damage to the tail section and wing tip of the aircraft, which the maker describes as a combat training plane.
The pilot’s name was not released Thursday, but Trooper Dan Chermok of the Colorado State Patrol wrote on social media that the pilot is a former F-18 pilot.
There's more at the link, including several more photographs that make interesting viewing.
A lucky escape for both the pilot and the drivers of the vehicles hit by the whiplashing cable on I-70. The article has a picture of one with its windscreen smashed from side to side. I'm glad no-one was hurt.
There are a number of L39 jets in private hands in the USA, and some companies offer flights in them. There are many videos of them on YouTube.