Four people had the narrowest of escapes when a aircraft crashed into a ferris wheel at the Australian seaside town of Old Bar north of Sydney.
The pilot and passenger were practising touch and go manoeuvers at a nearby airstrip, but got the ride of their lives when they failed to gain enough altitude to clear the wheel.
They were both unharmed, but trapped for two hours as were two children whose basket dangled 10 metres above the ground while stunned onlookers feared the wheel was about to topple over.
As aviation fuel leaked from the plane the risk factors increased, but the fire rescue service were able to bring everybody down safe and sound. The same cannot be said of the aircraft, which remains stuck while salvagers figure out a way to get it down.