Pilot survives as plane hits traffic lights and smashes into highway

Pilot survives as plane hits traffic lights and smashes into highway

Pilot somehow survives when his plane hits traffic lights and smashes into a Texas highway after he decided to take off from the street following a parade

  • Single-engine propeller plane was a float in parade in Chambers County, Texas 
  • The pilot opted to fly it back from the parade, taking off from the highway
  • That’s when the plane struck a set of traffic lights, bringing it crashing down 
  • Fortunately the pilot escaped without any serious injuries

A pilot has miraculously survived after crashing his plane into traffic lights over a Texas highway after he decided to take off from the street following a parade.

The plane had been used as a float in the Rice Festival Parade in Winnie in Chambers County and the unidentified pilot wanted to try and fly it back to the airport instead of having it towed.

Video shows the plane taking off from the road as a crowd watches on.

But before its flown 100 yards, its wing clips a lamp post before it then hurtles into a set of overhanging traffic lights, sending it crashing to the ground.


Video shows the plane taking off from the road as a crowd watches on. But before it can make it more than 100 yards, its wing clips a lamp post before it then hurtles into a set of overhanging traffic lights, sending it crashing to the ground.

The single-engine propeller plane lying upside down on the central reservation after the crash

The plane is winched onto a rescue vehicle after the pilot escaped without serious injury

A pair of trucks assist in removing the plane from the highway in Texas

The mangled wreck thudded off the grassy central reservation as a plume of dirt engulfed the plane amid gasps from the crowd. 

Fortunately the pilot escaped without any serious injury and nobody on the ground was hurt.  

The footage of the crash was posted on Facebook by the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office who stated that the incident took place at 10.45am on Saturday on Highway 124. 

The type of aircraft was not specified by local media.

It is currently unclear if an investigation is being launched into the crash.

The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office stated that within a few hours of the crash, the debris was cleared, the plane was towed, and the road was re-opened to the public.

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