Made­ley: I nearly died in near miss

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

TER­RI­FIED telly host Richard Made­ley has told how he came close to DY­ING in a plane crash near-miss.

The 55-year-old for­mer This Morn­ing pre­sen­ter ( above) says his brush with death made him re­alise just how of­ten air­craft come close to col­lid­ing.

He ex­plained: “I was in­vited into the cock­pit of a jumbo jet com­ing in to land at LAX in Los An­ge­les.

“We were clos­ing in on our run­way when the co-pi­lot sud­denly shouted, ‘What is THAT!’

“‘That’ was a small pro­pel­ler air­craft taxi­ing di­rectly onto our run­way, slowly turn­ing to face us.

“The throt­tles opened and we rock­eted up just out of dan­ger.

“‘Does that kind of thing hap­pen of­ten?’, I asked faintly.

“‘On or off the record, Richard?’ ‘Ok, off ’, I said.

“Readers, my lips are sealed. You can draw your own con­clu­sions why.”

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