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Plane hits Ferris wheel in Australia; no injuries

Post  mermaid on Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:52 am

http://news.yahoo.com/plane-hits-ferris-wheel-australia-no-injuries-080551274.html

..Plane hits Ferris wheel in Australia; no injuries
By ROD McGUIRK - Associated Press | AP

Two men and their ultra-light plane hang from a Ferris wheel while two children sit …

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia on Saturday, trapping two children on the ride and two people 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 220 miles (350 kilometers) north of Sydney, New South Wales Rural Fire Service spokesman Ben Shepherd said.

Two children — a 9-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl — where trapped in a carriage at the top of the wheel near the wrecked plane for 90 minutes, a police statement said.

The 52-year-old pilot and his 32-year-old passenger were trapped inside the mangled aircraft more than 30 feet (10 meters) above the ground for almost three hours, police said.

Shepherd said rescuers used a crane to free the four.

"Thankfully, everyone was taken down and were able to walk away from it," Shepherd said.

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