German pilot has lucky escape

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The Independent Online

The pilot of a tiny private plane made an emergency landing on a small street in western Germany, clipping the side of a house and a lamppost as he landed his ailing Cessna.

Police in Stockstadt am Main say no residents were injured and the 47-year-old pilot and his co-pilot were only lightly hurt in yesterday's crash of a Cessna in the densely populated area, the news agency dapd reported. It said the street was only 16 feet wide.

Police said the plane was forced down due to a technical defect, but gave no details. There was no estimate of damage.