Pilot almost decapitated in air show

By Jamie Rivera 09/21/2016 12:12:00

THIS is the terrifying moment a stunt pilot was almost decapitated by another plane during a US air show.

Thom Richard was in his plane, Hot Stuff, about to depart for the final race in the gold heat at the National Championship Air Races in Reno reported Flying Mag.

But just as the race was about to start Richard realised he had engine trouble and signalled the problem to the flagman, opening his canopy to let others know he was out of the race.

Unfortunately some of the other pilots missed his signal and continued with their take off.

The video captures just how close Richard came to a more serious injury, even death.

In a statement on Facebook Richard said, “the propeller sliced three evenly spaced gashes about mid span of my right wing, about a foot apart.”

He also said that despite sustaining an injury to his hand he has not been put off from racing but realises how lucky he is the injury was not worse.

By Jamie Rivera 09/21/2016 12:12:00

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