Ben Russell, NBC 5 News
The wife of a pilot whose single-engine plane clipped a passing SUV while landing at a North Texas airport over the weekend caught the collision on tape.
A Texas couple has released their dramatic video footage that shows the moment a small plane landed on top of an SUV.
Pilot William Davis was trying to land a 2005 Cessna Skyhawk plane at the Northwest Regional Airport in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Roanoke Saturday when he clipped the roof of an SUV that was driving adjacent to the runway, NBC DFW reported. His wife Kandy happened to be filming the landing and caught the collision on video.
The video shows the plane’s arrival, where seconds before it crosses a road a black SUV drives underneath it, causing the plane to nearly peel off the SUV’s roof.
The crash sent debris flying, including the plane’s landing gear. The plane took a sharp nose-dive into the ground and skidded off the runway.
The roadway is a public road that runs perpendicular to the runway and provides access to the east side of the regional airport. See the area on Google Maps here.
The couple in the car, identified by DPS as Frank and Heather Laudo of Flower Mound, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
"I saw it about a second before it hit us. I was opening my mouth to go 'duck!'," Frank Laudo told NBC DFW after the incident. "The next thing you know there's shattering."
"It was kind of like a hawk with its talons coming up and scooping the car," Heather Laudo said. "And the talons breaking off."
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.