Red Bull Plane Swap Video: Pilot Fails To Complete In-Flight Stunt
A plane dived nose-first to the ground after two pilots’ in-flight ‘change plane’ stunt didn’t go exactly as planned.
Red Bull can give you wings, but sometimes a crash landing can’t be avoided.
The energy drink company tried to pull off one of its most daring stunts over the long weekend, but only 50% of them went as planned.
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Daredevil pilots and cousins Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington attempted to perform an outdoor ‘plane swap’ in Arizona, America, and footage of the incredible attempt reveals just how bad their mission was scary.
The two Cessna 182 planes the couple was flying nosed over before jumping off. They were about 12,000 feet (3,600 m) in the air when they took their leap of faith, as Aikins attempted to fly through Farrington’s cockpit and vice versa.
Aikins successfully jumped into the other plane, straightened its course, and landed it safely on the runway. But Farrington was unable to do the same, and the plane he was supposed to support continued to nose dive toward the ground.
Red Bull said safety mechanisms were activated on the plane when its own parachute opened, but it was still “damaged”.
Luckily Farrington was safe and his parachute was working perfectly as he took a different route back down to stable ground.
WATCH THE FULL STUNT IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE
“We have proven that it is possible. I mean, we’re pushing the envelope here,” Aikins said. “What’s great is I jumped from one, I got into the other, we landed, I landed safely, Andy landed safely under parachute, the plane landed under parachute.
“All of our security protocols worked.”
Farrington added: “Here we are, all the numbers match and everything like that. Everything should have been good to go there.
“For some reason it wasn’t like that, but at the end of the day we’re both ready to go, everyone is safe and I guess that’s the important part.”
Red Bull said on its website that the aircraft swap attempt had lasted 10 years and the two pilots hoped to become the first to pull off such a stunt.
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