Luckiest Stunt Pilot Ever Miraculously Avoids a Crash-Landing After His Engine Dies

By Andrew Liszewski on at

If you’re even remotely anxious about flying, don’t watch this video without a change of pants close at hand.

While practising a series of stunts, the engine on pilot Chad Barber’s biplane died during a steep climb, causing it to immediately stall and make a direct, terrifying detour back to Earth.

After levelling out, the plane essentially become a glider without a massive set of wings to keep it safely aloft. Barber tried again and again to bring its engine back to life. He finally succeeded moments before he would have had to make an emergency landing on a road that looked very unfriendly to planes travelling at high speeds.

As he pulls the plane out of its descent just in the nick of time, you can finally hear Barber react to the incident with a mixture of relief and shock in his voice.

Is anyone else only planning to stick to ferries and coach trips from here on out? [YouTube via Geekologie]

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