Terrifying moment, plane carrying 17 paratroopers, including Britons, crashes after an engine cuts out… before passengers hug and praise hero pilot
- Skydive instructor Martijn van Dam filmed an emergency landing on 25 June
- Images show pilot landing plane with 17 on board next to the Dutch highway
- The aircraft suffered an engine failure at an altitude of 350 feet just west of Teuge . Airport
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A plane carrying 17 paratroopers made an emergency landing on a strip of grass next to a road after an engine failure.
Video footage taken by skydiving instructor Martijn van Dam showed the moment the plane started to descend as the group’s planned skydive session was halted.
The incident, which took place on June 25, happened after the plane suffered an engine failure 350 feet above the ground, about a mile from Teuge airport.
According to his Linked In, Van Dam works as a videographer at Skydive Teuge in the Netherlands, standing by with his camera to capture the terrifying experience as the plane crashed.
His video footage starts as the plane is already on its way to the ground, as those in the plane are pushed back and forth.
People can be seen clinging to the sides of the plane and taking poses as they prepare to make contact with the ground.
A loud bang is heard as the pilot successfully lands the Cessna Grand Caravan plane on a patch of grass running along a highway.
The aircraft landed on June 25 in a field along the A50 highway, about 2 km west of Teuge Airport, the Netherlands.
Once the plane came to a stop, instructors could hear the people on board yelling for them to get out and away from the landing site.
As the last to leave the plane, Van Dam made sure that the pilot was also unharmed during the emergency landing before guiding him outside as well.
Despite landing on the side of a busy highway, you can see the paratroopers all hugging and hi-fiving each other as they celebrate their escape from the crash landing seemingly unharmed.
When all those on board are at a safe distance from the plane, Van Dam gives the pilot a hug and one of the presumably British says: ‘Well done man, well done!’
At the end of the video, Van Dam said: ‘What I feared all my jumping life just happened… The result is amazing. The plane is broken… wow, wow.’
At the end of his video, Van Dam also gave some advice for anyone who might find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
Relieved passengers rushed to hug and congratulate the pilot as soon as they were a safe distance from the plane
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He recommended that you always wear your quick-release seat belt, make sure you have trained emergency landing procedures, and how to open and lock the plane door before landing.
Van Dam also joked that you should also have your camera handy.
An incident report published on the Aviation Safety Network read: ‘A Cessna 208B Supervan 900 parachuting has sustained significant damage during an emergency landing in a field 2 km west of Teuge airport, the Netherlands, next to the A50 motorway.
‘The engine failed shortly after take-off from Teuge airport. The pilot made an emergency landing in a meadow.
“The plane collided with a right-wing billboard, swung and came to rest against a guardrail next to the highway.”