A small plane crashed into a remote forest in the mountains of Peru on Monday after trying to land on an amateur-built “flying tube,” killing all 11 people on board. But Puerto Villanueva resident and pilot of the downed Sumba Yuba plane, 46-year-old Maverick Viñales, escaped unscathed. That’s because he had steered clear of the 30-foot-wide tube when he saw the plane hit the side of the mountain as it tried to land.
When he realized the plane was turning around before reaching the earth, he jumped in the back of the craft and got out just before it landed. “I was in the airplane when it hit the mountain,” said Mr. Viñales to reporters outside of his home. “I saw that it was in the correct position, but I saw that the tyre was on the other side of the mountain from the steep slope and I thought that if I go that way, the tyre will puncture and I will die.”
Mr. Viñales, a self-employed photographer and photographer, was the only survivor in the crash which, thankfully, ended with no reports of fatalities. The Podentapesta Arroyo Regional Hospital reported on Twitter that Mr. Viñales was airlifted to the nearby capital city of Cusco. He was last reported to be in stable condition.
Presciajos en el mismo año en Cusco, pero triste en la gravedad. Son empezando todas las horas en colaboración con hogares. pic.twitter.com/jZ2mhfQJxD — General Carina (@GargendiaCusco) July 9, 2018
The Sumba Yuba was a British military training aircraft used in the Falklands War. The vessel was briefly used as a freighter before joining the Lobito Air Force base on the Peruvian coast.
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