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2014 Ford Fusion Almost Gets Sliced Up by Airplane Propeller

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/3/2015 Karla Sanchez

We wonder if the 2014 Ford Fusion that was nearly sliced up by an airplane propeller was equipped with a blind spot information system. Even if it was, it probably wouldn’t have been enough to warn the driver about a small plane that was about to chop up the rear quarter of the car while making an emergency crash landing.

The pilot of a single-propeller Mooney 231 Turbo airplane suddenly had to make an emergency landing along a Minnesota highway after his engine suddenly quit at 1000 feet. Fortunately, he was able to keep his cool and find a clear spot on the highway so he could taxi right into a yard. A Clay County Health Department Ford Fusion, however, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The driver of the Fusion said she suddenly noticed a small single-engine plane in her rearview mirror before the propeller made impact with the left rear quarter of the car. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although the pilot claims he slowed somewhat from his 100-mph airborne speed, it wasn’t enough to keep from catching up to the Fusion, which was reportedly going about 65 mph on the highway. The propeller sliced into the Fusion’s sheetmetal, leaving shark-like gills along the side of the car. Thankfully, nobody was hurt since the Fusion was able to pull over to the side of the highway, while the pilot maneuvered the plane into a residential driveway. While the Fusion may have gotten the worst of it with dented and misaligned body panels and a missing gas cap, the sedan actually held up pretty well during the collision.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Source: Twin Cities Local News

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