Here’s what happens when you hit a runway fence — and then manage to land safely

Hungary’s distinctive rebel warrior, or Maverick, made headlines this week when he narrowly evaded what could have been a very deadly maneuver. Maverick the pilot was attempting to land at Kecskemet airport, a small…

Here’s what happens when you hit a runway fence — and then manage to land safely

Hungary’s distinctive rebel warrior, or Maverick, made headlines this week when he narrowly evaded what could have been a very deadly maneuver.

Maverick the pilot was attempting to land at Kecskemet airport, a small strip in southern Hungary, when a band of careless teammates nudged him. Maverick took the licks and made a safe touchdown.

“At 228 km/h, it was possible that Maverick would not have survived,” the world’s oldest artist writes. “At such speeds, the force felt is a shock that spreads over the body and implants itself in a deep region that can’t be hurt,” he adds.

The Fine Gael politician said he didn’t know if he had hit a runway fence. But when he was in a hang-air for only two minutes, he’d had enough. “It was not possible to control the plane’s speed when manoeuvring into and out of the straight,” he said. “So I steered the plane away from the crowded fields and straight away into the airport’s parking lot.”

Maverick, who apparently got that nickname because of his bad haircuts, has also landed near a train track, an open fire, and a kamikaze plane.

Photographer Hendrik Jecki praised his hero for the close call: “He displayed his courage, met all responsibilities with a focus, and earned the admiration of the entire world,” he wrote.

He did have other criticism: “Apparently, a pilot must remain aloof while disobeying his instructors.”

Maverick is currently embroiled in political trouble. The Central European University, which was founded by Hungarian-born financier George Soros, plans to disaffiliate from Hungary’s ruling party. The force behind that move is CEEU. Founded in 1991, it’s known as “the world’s largest liberal university.”

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