Plane Painted as a German Fighter Makes a Fiery Crash Landing on the Highway

The pilot escaped unharmed.


A small plane emblazoned with the WWII-era German 'Balkenkreuz' cross landing on the northbound 101 west of Los Angeles on Tuesday. The pilot, Robert Sandberg, was able to escape unharmed before the wreckage burst into flames, shutting down traffic for hours.

Sandberg says that his SNJ-5 suffered an engine failure, leaving him no choice but to make an emergency landing. :

"I picked a spot on the freeway, where I knew there was a big section of cars that weren't there, but the engine completely failed. Fortunately, I was able to not hurt anybody - other than the airplane," he said.

Sandberg is a member of . The group, originally formed by WWII fight pilots, flies AT-6 Plans in formation for special events. Unlike Sandberg's plane, most . And most don't land on the highway.


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