Wheel of fortune: everyone survived crash
Published 02/10/2011 | 05:00
AN ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia yesterday, trapping two children on the ride and two adults in the aircraft for hours. There were no serious injuries.
The Cheetah S200 carrying two men did not topple the Ferris wheel when it hit the frame near the top on the first morning of an annual three-day festival at Old Bar, a coastal village 350km north of Sydney, New South Wales Rural Fire Service spokesman Ben Shepherd said.
Two children -- a nine-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl -- were trapped in a carriage at the top of the wheel near the wrecked plane for 90 minutes, police said.
The 52-year-old pilot and his 32-year-old passenger were trapped inside the mangled aircraft more than 10 metres above ground for almost three hours. Rescuers used a crane to free the four.
"Thankfully, everyone was taken down and were able to walk away from it," Mr Shepherd said.
The pilot, Paul Cox, said he did not see the Ferris wheel before his plane hit it.