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Plane JUST avoids crashing into trees on take-off as pilot reacts

Plane JUST avoids crashing into trees on take-off as pilot manages to pull up just in time

  • Video footage shows the Rada Airlines Ilyushin Il-62 travelling down the runway
  • In a nail-biting moment, the aircraft clipped the top of the trees during takeoff
  • It nearly didn’t clear the trees as it took off from Niš Constantine the Great Airport in Serbia

This is the shocking moment a cargo plane clipped the top of trees after barely making it off the runway during takeoff. 

Video footage taken by a witness shows the Rada Airlines Ilyushin Il-62 travelling down the stretch of the runway at high speed. 

But the large aircraft used up all of the runway and in a nail-biting moment, it trimmed the trees at the end of the tarmac.

Video footage shows the Rada Airlines Ilyushin Il-62 travelling down the stretch of the runway at high speed

It had a lucky escape is at nearly didn’t clear the trees as it took off from Niš Constantine the Great Airport in Serbia. 

The pilots of the plane were left with no room for error as they reached the end of the runway.

The plane is captured flying off into the distance, but the leaves and sticks from the trimmed trees can be seen flying across the screen of the footage.

The aircraft shown in the video is the last active civilian Ilyushin Il-62 outside of North Korea. 

The plane is captured flying off into the distance, but the leaves and sticks from the trimmed trees can be seen flying across the screen of the footage

It first flew in December 1985 with Interflug but it was bought by Rada Airlines, a Belarusian air company, in 2015. 

The footage of the aircraft clipping the top of the trees at the Serbian runway was taken in July this year. 

But it is not the first time the plane has come into difficulty when it comes to landing and taking off.

The aircraft veered off to the right at the end of a runway in 2018 at Khartoum International Airport in Sudan. The plane came to a stop just off the track. 

The cargo plane usually carries anything from general goods, engineering equipment, oil and gas industry equipment and humanitarian resources. 

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