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2014-06-03 12:02

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Eeek! Plane almost lands on sunbather on beach

2014-06-03 11:21

One minute you're lying tanning on the beach, the next you have plane skid marks on your stomach... well almost. Take a look at this footage. WATCH

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Heligoland - One minute you're lying tanning on the beach, the next you have plane skid marks on your stomach... well almost!

A holidaymaker got the shock of his life while soaking up sunrays on a beach in Heligoland, an island in northern Germany when a light aircraft passed just centimetres above him.

Watch the video here.  
Pilot Juergen Drucker, 52, was flying his Piper PA-28-181 Archer II along the coast when he had to make an emergency landing.  

Seconds after passing over the man the plane hit a fence and then ploughed across a section of the beach before coming to rest on the runway.  

He said: "It was me that was flying and I am really sorry. I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn't one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit.  

"In my defence I can say that I didn't see him because he was lying down and I'm just very grateful it worked out well and I didn't land on him. I don't want to say any more than that. I fear I will be in for a fine from the Federal Aviation Office but I hope I will be able to keep my licence."

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