Witnessing a car crash is a fairly traumatic ordeal, but witnessing a plane crash is on a whole other level. But how would you handle a situation where both were happening at once? John Meffert, not only witnessed it, but experienced it first hand.
Meffert was driving on the Interstate when he noticed that an airplane was flying suspiciously low. The small Cessna was losing altitude rapidly, but what Meffert didn't know what the pilot had no control of the aircraft. At the time, the pilot was radioing the airport tower, “297 mayday! We got mayday! I lost my right engine!”
When he looked up again, Meffert realized that the plane was not correcting its trajectory. “My second glimpse is, ‘I think this plane’s going to hit me,'” Meffert said. “And my third glimpse it is across the front of me, hitting me. All I see is maybe like a white flash.”
The plane crashed into the pavement, skidding over the hood of Meffert's car, and burst into flames. While he was shocked, he wasn't injured. And because he was actually a captain of the Avalon Fire Department, he knew how to handle an emergency. “I felt like I needed to go see if everyone was okay.”