The pilot of a small aircraft died during a collision between his sports aeroplane and a DC-9 airliner at a Vienna airport on Sunday (December 26).
The pilot of a small aircraft died during a collision between his sports aeroplane and a DC-9 airliner at a Vienna airport on Sunday (December 26). Both aircraft caught fire after the collision, which took place in dense fog as both wee taking off and the smaller aeroplane was destroyed. Despite severe damage to the Swiss air airliner, the 74 passengers and crew escaped injury.
SYNOPSIS: The pilot of a small sports aeroplane died at a Vienna airport on Sunday following a collision between his aircraft and a Swiss air DC-9 airliner. The accident happened in dense fog as both aircraft were about to take off. They both caught fire and the smaller aircraft was destroyed, but the 74 passengers and crew aboard the DC-9 escaped without injury.
The airliner was hurtling down the runway for take-of when the smaller aeroplane, also taking off, came into vision, said the Swiss air pilot later. The pilot. Captain Peter Frei, said he braked and tried to swing off the runway, but his airliner rolled over the small aircraft, and ??? to a halt. A commission has been appointed to investigate the accident.
The dead pilot, the only person in the four-seater sports aircraft, was 62-year-old Austrian Konrad Glatz.