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Miraculous Safe Landing of
Racing Plane After Losing a Wing-Probable
Summary of the eRumor:
The email includes a link to
a video of a single-engine racing plane that appears to lose a wing
during a high-stress maneuver. The pilot appears to miraculously regain
control of the airplane, however, by flying it sideways in a knife edge
configuration and to the ground where at the last minute he flips the
plane upright and makes a safe landing.
There is accumulating
evidence that this is a fabricated video meant to attract attention on
the Internet and promote a product, in this case KillAThrill clothing
and, perhaps, Red Bull.
As can be seen in the video, the sponsorship of the airplane is
A tip-off of the
company's sponsorship of the fake video, however, is at the web site
James Anderson is the alleged pilot of the racing plane in the
There is an interview
with Anderson about his miracle flight. The interview ends
with a prominent display of his KillAThrill clothing.
The domain is registered to a "Sandra Thielecke" with a KillAThrill
Pilots who have evaluated the video say it seems that some portions
of it are characteristic of more of a radio control model than a
full size airplane.
Also, the representation on the James Andersson web site is that he
is flying in air racing competition in the Red Bull series of air
races that have taken place in several cities around the world. His
web site also claims that he filed a "G-300" aircraft. A check at
the Red Bull site shows that there are three types of aircraft used
in the Red Bull races, none of which is the "G-300."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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