Woeful British Pilot Hailed as Hero in Bulgaria

Society | April 27, 2011, Wednesday // 08:54| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Woeful British Pilot Hailed as Hero in Bulgaria The most likely cause for the emergency landing of the two-seater LZ-300L plane is a problem with the engine. Photo by stzagora.net

A British pilot, who made an emergency landing close to a cemetery in Southern Bulgaria, but steered clear of the nearby village, has been praised as a hero by the locals.

Richard Wolf from London blacked out the entire village of Bogomilovo near Stara Zagora,, when he ploughed through the high-voltage cables as he brought his two-seater LZ-300L plane to land in a cemetery.

Passenger, businessman Mladen Stoyanov, says locals are thankful he avoided crashing into the village and killing people.

"He managed to steer the plane away from the town itself. He saved many people. They were left without power but he was still branded a hero," Stoyanov said.

The Brit who piloted the plane is an experienced pilot without over 130 hours of practice. The most likely cause of the emergency landing is a problem with the engine.

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