Dave Hughes ‘millimeters of death’ in a light plane is on the verge of death as he returns from the faraway comedy gig — as the terrifying final photo from his Instagram live is revealed
Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes has spoken of his “horrific” near-death experience after the ultralight plane he was flying in was hit by a bird.
The 52-year-old comedian was the only passenger on the plane that departed from the ‘South Australian Outback’ over the weekend.
He was broadcasting a live launch to his Instagram followers when “suddenly a bird flew right at us” but narrowly missed it.
The pilot tells Hughes that although it may not seem like a big deal, they have just avoided a fatal accident.
“(It was) just me and the pilot in the plane, and then I had a terrible moment,” he explained. Hughes, Ed, and Erin Show up on Monday.
Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes (pictured) spoke of his ‘horrific’ near-death experience after the light plane he was flying in nearly hit a bird
He then played a recording of his live broadcast where he can be heard shouting “Wow” as the bird skipped the plane.
“It doesn’t sound like much there, but this ‘wah, bird’ was mine after a bird flew right at us and missed us by millimeters,” Hughes explained.
Immediately after the sound cut off, the pilot said, “Uh, lucky.” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “If we had hit that bird, it would have knocked us down.”
“I was millimeters away from dying in a light plane because of a bird.”
2Day FM’s breakfast show also shared a chilling screenshot from Hughes’ live broadcast that showed the plane’s control panel right before the near-collision with the bird.
Hughes told the chilling story on Monday’s Hughes, Ed & Erin Show (at left, his co-host Erin Mullan). He was broadcasting a live launch to his Instagram followers (right) when “a bird suddenly flew right at us” but narrowly missed it. The pilot tells Hughes that although it may not seem like a big deal, they have just avoided a fatal accident.
Light aircraft crashes have become alarmingly common in Australia, with the latest accident occurring at Bankstown Airport on Friday afternoon.
A pilot has been resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest when his plane crashed and overturned on impact at an airport in southwest Sydney.
The pilot, in his sixties, was the only one on board and was trapped in the cockpit for more than an hour.
The pilot went into cardiac arrest after his release but was revived through cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
He was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition with injuries to his spine, chest, leg and arm.
Eight fire engines responded to the accident with crews having to manage a fuel leak as they tried to free the pilot, and covering the aircraft with fire retardant foam.
It is understood the plane had flown in from the Gold Coast and a strong gust of wind was likely to have caused the crash.
Light aircraft crashes have become disturbingly common in Australia, with the latest accident occurring at Bankstown Airport on Friday afternoon (see here)