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That awkward moment when you drive into an airplane propeller

There may come a point where you drive into something and you may live down the embarrassment. But for one person, that is highly unlikely.

The unnamed driver is said to have driven a Peugeot Partner into the spinning propeller of a Air Algerie ATR 72-500 plane, causing significant damage to the windscreen and roof of the van. A photo was released by AirLive on Twitter.

Luckily the driver escaped without sustaining any injuries during the incident, which took place at the Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport in Algeria on Thursday, AirLive reported. The plane was thought to be stationary at the time.

It is unclear why the driver decided to get close so close to the large, fast-spinning bits of metal that make up a propeller, but the airport pointed that he ‘did not respect the security distance’. That’s putting it mildly.

Naturally, the incident caused quite the stir, with emergency crews and bystanders taking photos and filming the event on their smartphones.

The ATR 72-500 is used for short-haul flights and can was entered into service in 1989. It can hold up to seventy-eight passengers, all of which were probably a bit miffed on this particular occasion.


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