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11/6    "SUV and Plane Collide at Texas Airport SUV and Plane Collide at Texas
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        One more reason why you shouldn't run a STOP sign.
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ABC News Blogs - Mon, Nov 5, 2012 3:40 PM EST What do you feel about this article? REACT * happy * informative * depressing * odd * boring * angry * interesting * inspiring Vote Loading... html#vid=31053677&browseCaro uselUI=hide&autoPlay=true A Texas student pilot four weeks away from receiving his pilot license has given up flying after a crash in which his plane clipped the top of an SUV. "I have a young daughter and a wife, and they need me to be there to take care of them." Davis was preparing to land his 2005 Cessna Skyhawk plane at the north end of the runway at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of Dallas, Saturday morning when an SUV on a road near the runway did not stop. The collision caused the landing gear of Davis' plane to clip the top of the SUV, all while traveling at a speed of nearly 65 mph. "I was shocked," Davis, piloting his first solo round-trip flight, told WFAA. "Just from the video that I saw, it looks like they kept going ... Video of the crash was captured by Davis' wife, Kandy, whom he'd asked to capture his first solo trip. Instead, she captured her husband's aircraft clipping the roof of the SUV driven by Frank and Heather Laudo, a couple from nearby Flower Mound, Texas, on their way to lunch. "We couldn't see anything at all, and then, all of a sudden, equipment was falling into the car," Heather Laudo told WFAA. Despite the impact, and even without his landing gear, Davis, who could not be reached for comment, was able to land the plane on its belly on the runway before skidding off onto a grassy area. com, managed to steer the vehicle safely to the side of the road while his wife called 911, according to Trooper Lonnie Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Laudos told WFAA they are regulars at the airport and know the protocols of stopping while the runway is active. The video, the Davises say, shows the word STOP is painted on the pavement ahead of the runway where the Laudos should have stopped, and where another car had gone ahead moments before the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. Saturday's crash is the fourth incident at the regional airport in the past six weeks, according to WFAA. In September, two men were killed when their plane crashed soon after takeoff. Last month, a plane carrying a local doctor, his two sons and their uncle was found in ruins after vanishing after takeoff and, five days later, a plane hit a fence and flipped over during takeoff. The pilot, in that case, escaped serious injury, WFAA reported. Duffer 2 hours 37 minutes ago Republicans going out to lunch, too.. let's be honest, too S-T-U-P-I-D to notice the stop sign! This is why Right-wingers shouldn't be allowed to breed! Reply * v1/comments/context/f13e0820-fbd0-3026-8277-5c80928321e4/comment/13 52162442758-6e566cf0-094d-47d1-9468-bd538223cd29 A Yahoo! User o 1 day 6 hours ago It is not the pilots fault, 100% the drivers fault. A plane landing nose high cannot see the SUV or hit the brakes even if it did. Alan o 1 day 7 hours ago So after paying for flight instruction for however many months, he finally gets his solo - and it's totally ruined by an idiot who, somehow, wasn't aware of a plane to his left. I know - the driver of the SUV was on his first solo instrument only drive. The SUV all but T-boned the Cessna while it was in the flare to land. The pilot of the Cessna would not have been able to see the SUV. The driver of the SUV was the only one who could see and avoid the collision. The pilot made the right decision, as evidenced by the outcome, and by virtue of the fact that he had no way to #$%$ the damage to his airplane. The NTSB files are full of total losses due to a go-around being initiated AFTER a collision event. If you were a CFI (which I seriously doubt), I would take odds you weren't very good. What you are, as you have so clearly demonstrated, is a loud-mouthed, arrogant, ignorant, over-bearing know-it-all. John o 16 hours ago I don't understand why the pilot didn't stop in midair and let this SUV pass by. When a lady with children in a car pulled out in front of me on my motorcycle her excuse was she didn't see me. I ask her if that excuse would work if I ran over one of her children in the street on a three wheeler her face went blank. Not seeing and not paying attention are one in the same. SeminoleKatz o 1 day 7 hours ago It was NOT an accident, it was a CRASH ! The driver of the SUV ran the Stop Sign that was painted on the road and hit the single engine plane which was on final approach. Dennis o 1 day 4 hours ago People do crazy things all the time. I was landing at my home base and called the field to notify any traffic that I was entering the pattern. As I turned on final approach a line truck pulled out on the active runway and stopped. On the third attempt he got in his truck and moved to the end of the runway right in front of me. I gave up and flew over him standing near the truck and landed farther down the runway. I chewed his butt up and down and the owner of the plane and the field did the same thing. Shame if they are since any pilot knows to take a very good look at the approach before you proceed across a runway.