Trav­eller lands in town’s RV camp­ground

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Trav­ellers vis­it­ing Port Hed­land have spo­ken about their shock on see­ing an ul­tra­light air­craft make an un­ex­pected land­ing at a camp­site at the week­end.

Chi­nese vis­i­tor Feng Zhai is trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia with his fam­ily on a two-year trip and said when he was un­able to find a des­ig­nated land­ing spot on Satur­day, he had to im­pro­vise.

His fam­ily is trav­el­ling by road while he takes an aerial route.

“I wanted to park my craft, but there was no safety area. I wanted to fly into the air­port but they said I can’t for a half an hour,” he said.

“But my wife called me and told me about the camp­ground — no toi­let and no electricity — and I was wor­ried about her so I wanted to have a look. I found an airstrip but they’re closed, so I fly around and around and see this area to land.”

Mr Zhai even­tu­ally touched down in the Port Hed­land Turf Club RV over­flow camp­ing area on Mc­Gre­gor Street, to the be­muse­ment of other vis­i­tors. Wit­nesses said he nar­rowly missed the col­lec­tion of 25 car­a­vans on-site.

Des Beale said he won­dered what the out­come of the land­ing would be for Mr Zhai. “He bounced down, bounced again then ran into the rope over there,” Mr Beale said.

“I would say he wasn’t land­ing, he looked like he would have been crash-land­ing.”

Oth­ers re­ported the area where Mr Zhai landed had been in use dur­ing the morn­ing.

Jean Beale said it was lucky the area was not as busy as lately.

“I tell you what, this morn­ing that area was full of vans and the day be­fore they were right down the mid­dle,” she said.

No charges have been laid or ar­rests made.

The Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Author­ity and Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Author­ity is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

He bounced down, bounced again then ran into the rope. Des Beale

A wit­ness said Feng Zhai’s touch­down was more of a crash-land­ing.

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