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More: Spain, May 12, 2001
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EC-HKN (cn 1347) Too low!!!! I was shooting a/c on Rwy 20 when I realised that this 320 was approaching way too low and turned the camera to capture it. Fortunately the truck driver hit the brakes before passing below! As you can see, you can get really close to the action here. (As of mid-June 2001 this road section has been closed and deviated) Aircraft was re-registred EC-HUL in July 2001. See a normal approach
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A visitor from United States posted Mon November 14, 2011:
Now the truck driver knows how the cars and pedestrians feel...

A visitor from - posted Thu November 11, 2010:
If the truck didn't stop. the pilot could say he did a touch and go on a truck. as long as he didn't crash.

A visitor from United States posted Sun October 3, 2010:
Amazing proportions between the truck and airplane it makes the truck look so small even though it is a relatively large object. 5 stars!

A visitor from - posted Sun August 22, 2010:
I never liked to be below an aircraft on approach that low. Or any height for that matter!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed August 18, 2010:
That is dangerous low,now a great shot but it had easely could be a big disaster picture.one in a million capture.

A visitor from United States posted Wed April 21, 2010:
That is sick

A visitor from - posted Mon April 5, 2010:
Wow. very close indeed. Great photo

A visitor from - posted Wed March 24, 2010:
Really nice foto just wow!

A visitor from - posted Sun February 7, 2010:
Damne close call !!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu November 26, 2009:
Wow! This is an amazing picture, what i`d give to be there when the big planes come in.

A visitor from India posted Fri November 20, 2009:
Deadly close

A visitor from Spain posted Wed August 19, 2009:
Not to spoil the fun, but I think the plane is waaaaay ahead of the truck. Totally agree with the finnish poster.

A visitor from Spain posted Fri July 17, 2009:
What a picture!! My beloved A320 going so low.

A visitor from Finland posted Sun May 10, 2009:
The plane is ahead of the truck. The truck is almoust under the wingtip. I believe the truck has stopped to avoid any threath of being hit by the a320's landing gear. Think the truck as an catering vehicle, compare it to the planes door. In the picture the truck is too big compared to the front door so there must be an gap between. Great shot anyway, possibly once in a life time chance! =)

A visitor from - posted Fri January 16, 2009:
Very unusual. Viewer can compare size of plane to relative objects. Great timing and camera settings.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 25, 2008:
It shows a lot of detail on the aircraft. The A320 is very impressive but I've never seen it fly so low

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 12, 2008:
Wow I have to say this is amazing and i really like to be next to one and one day I i will be flying one like that : )

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri May 2, 2008:
What more can i say its just a brilliant photo,well done,its a exiting photo.

A visitor from France posted Wed January 23, 2008:
Congratulations!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 17, 2007:
Wow. An amazing shot!

A visitor from - posted Tue October 30, 2007:
Exellent picture. wow that truck really got a hard time imagine what could have happened. Im proud of providing this kind of pictures thanks.
Sergio from Cali Colombia.

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 8, 2007:
This sure was close, the scale of the cargo truck and the door of the aircraft is pretty much 1:1, if you ever been inside or walked next to a trailer, you'd know, awesome shot! totally priceless

A visitor from Ireland posted Thu August 16, 2007:
This is a normal landing, firstly the truck is much closer than the A320, look at the height of the truch in relation to the aircraft, i'm telling you that aircraft is a considerable distance further down the road. It's also not breaking suddenly, the car behind is, probably because he is driving too close to the truck. I see nothing abnormal with this landing.

A visitor from Indonesia posted Thu July 19, 2007:
It's unusualy moment.

A visitor from Canada posted Wed July 11, 2007:
Holly carp!!

nice shot!

A visitor from Spain posted Tue July 10, 2007:
Look at the landing gear, and look to the top of the truck.. Just near touch!

A visitor from Spain posted Mon April 23, 2007:
This road have been cabcled, and now the rafic and the spotters have to see the action from a new road, less "dangerous". But still a very nice spotting spot.

A visitor from Spain posted Mon April 2, 2007:
Great pic!! I´m thinking about the passengers. Did they know what was happenend??

A visitor from Uruguay posted Wed November 29, 2006:
Really impressive! Maybe the truck driver no longer uses that road! But.. that signal of "Men at work", seems to be put as a distractor. Uhmm, the A320 is very close to the fence, so, the runway could be too short. Very good photograph!

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu November 2, 2006:
My godness!!! Look the guy in the black car...
Steps really hard on the brakes.

A visitor from Philippines posted Wed October 25, 2006:
Awesome picture. aircraft is really on a very low approach. being at the right place at the right time. mjrd:)

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 15, 2006:
Great scale and drama

A visitor from India posted Fri September 1, 2006:
This is surely a great shot. It has been shot at a very right moment.

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 30, 2006:
A just happen to be in the right place at the right time shot. the picture tells the whole story

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 24, 2006:
Great pic of a low approach, but pilot is not to blame. Who, in their right mind, planned this road in the first place? Secondly, why trucks were not banned from using it? As I pilot, I do not expect a huge container truck to get in the way while I am trying to get this heavy bird safely to ground. Pilots 1, Truck Driver 0, City Planner -10.

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 17, 2006:
That's low. Maybe the pilot is confused and thinks he's landing at SXM :-D

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 13, 2006:
So close and yet so far! It's just awesome to see a plane weighing several tons literally hanging (albeit for only seconds) over a roadway. A totally surreal photograph.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon July 10, 2006:
It it would be a few feet lower, it would have destroyed the fence! Nice shot!

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon May 15, 2006:
Great pic !

A visitor from Chile posted Mon April 24, 2006:
Incredible
almost landing at the street!

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 13, 2006:
I love it, great photo !

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri March 31, 2006:
Ace shot

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon March 27, 2006:
Perspective! The truck is well past the plane, compare the size of the truck to that of the car. The truck driver would be on the brakes if the plane was ahead of him.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun March 26, 2006:
That is bloody low!

A visitor from Poland posted Wed March 22, 2006:
Very impresive!

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed March 22, 2006:
Best picture

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 21, 2006:
Wow O.o that is wicked cool ^_^
great shot
i would have loved to be there

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon March 20, 2006:
Busy day for people servicing the toilets on this aircraft

A visitor from Mexico posted Thu March 16, 2006:
Very, very sacary landing. good shot.

A visitor from Italy posted Sat March 11, 2006:
It's a good shot but, please, consider perspective;if really under the aircraft, the truck would be a little
smaller in the picture

A visitor from Peru posted Wed March 1, 2006:
The fact that tragedy was near this giant landing routine makes this picture really important.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 26, 2006:
If the plane was any lower and the truck kept going, there could have been a disaster. Good job getting the photo.

A visitor from Spain posted Thu February 23, 2006:
Very good !!!

A visitor from United States posted Thu February 9, 2006:
Lower than at St.Maarten! The pilot must think they have a 3,000 foot runway!

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 3, 2006:
I can believe this as I have flown IB domestic flights before. Makes me really scared to fly them the next time, but nonetheless a fantastic photo.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu February 2, 2006:
New underwear for the guy in the truck!!!

A visitor from Mexico posted Mon January 30, 2006:
Very dangerous! A few inches more and the main gear could hit the truck, and that Airbus should end like one of the 747s in the Tenerife Disaster. T.B.

A visitor from Mexico posted Sat January 28, 2006:
This photo is really cool, at first I couldn't believe this was an actual photograph, since the A320 is flying too low and it seems that it will crash with the truck.

A visitor from Lebanon posted Sat January 21, 2006:
" Hey you can see what Spain pilots can do!! :-D
Spartako "
Your pilot was dangerously low, and there's nothing to be proud of.
Somehow by a weird illusion the truck seems to have passed the plane, but comparing the height of the car to the size of the door on the plane makes me believe that the plane is well behind the truck.

A visitor from Ecuador posted Mon January 16, 2006:
No words to describe it...

A visitor from Ecuador posted Mon January 16, 2006:
What happened?? you don't get to see this incredibly low approaches so often..did the captain manage to get over the wall? very impressed great shot!

A visitor from Spain posted Thu January 12, 2006:
Freezing!!!!!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu December 29, 2005:
It's good

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 26, 2005:
Lowest Approach ever seen!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu November 24, 2005:
Photographers are in the right place at the right time!!! especally this one!!!

A visitor from Spain posted Thu November 10, 2005:
Up spain!you know not anybody can do this. great approach, i´m fascinated

A visitor from United States posted Thu November 10, 2005:
They should have posted a sign: !>^!
In other words: beware of airplanes passing too low over your vehicles!! (It was the best I could do with my keyboard!)

A visitor from Kazakhstan posted Wed October 19, 2005:
No right, the truck has definitively not passed under the aircraft. Just make a size comparison to see the truck is several meters in front of the aircraft. The A320 is abeam the white car standing on the roads shoulder. Marlo

A visitor from Poland posted Wed October 5, 2005:
THe truck passed the plane anyway so there's no point for him to hit the brakes.

A visitor from India posted Thu September 29, 2005:
A perfect compostion considering the time that he would've got. Frankly it gives me the goose bumps! Good for the truck driver that the brakes held!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon September 26, 2005:
To the comment above:

Is not the fact that the truck would have hit the plane, but if it was underneath the track of the a/c that close the engines would have blasted the truck over on its side.

A visitor from Spain posted Tue September 20, 2005:
Hey you can see what Spain pilots can do!! :-D

Spartako

A visitor from Portugal posted Sat September 17, 2005:
If the truck was a little bit more ahead... but great photo. Keep it going.

A visitor from Spain posted Sun September 11, 2005:
Absolutelly great

A visitor from Australia posted Fri September 2, 2005:
Going out spotting and having one go this close must have been a real buzz. Keep taking pictures cause the next one might be the one in a million we are all trying to get.

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 31, 2005:
That road sign has the right idea: "!"

A visitor from India posted Mon August 29, 2005:
Seriously good picture to cover both road n flight...good one

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 28, 2005:
Really great shot. That looks like a scary experience

A visitor from Germany posted Wed August 24, 2005:
Just love the way the car is hitting the breaks!!!

A visitor from Spain posted Wed August 24, 2005:
Not only great shot, great moment

A visitor from Australia posted Wed August 24, 2005:
I want to know if he collected the fence!

A visitor from Costa Rica posted Wed August 24, 2005:
Great timing!

A visitor from United States posted Mon August 22, 2005:
Excellent shot, although it doesn't look like the plane would've hit the truck anyway. There's enough clearance there!

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 21, 2005:
You try to get a shot like that.

A visitor from United States posted Thu August 18, 2005:
Very nice photo.
And very dangerous =)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu November 25, 2004:
Fantastic shot Marlo, got me on this one, I was sat just above the N of the reg on the right hand side! It was indeed a very bumpy approach and an equally rough landing.

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