Terrifying Moment Plane Flies Towards Buildings In 'Dangerous' Stunt

Sat in a high-rise office building, you definitely wouldn't expect to see a giant Boeing C-17 plane just metres away from the window.

Credit: 4esworld/Instagram
Credit: 4esworld/Instagram

However, that's exactly what happened to one terrified bunch of office workers in Australia.

The stunt was caught on video, with the plane terrifying onlookers as it got too close for comfort as it flew narrowly in between buildings.

I mean, you'd probably rather not encounter that sight during a peek out of the windows, right? 'Come work in our office,' they said. 'Admire the views from the 30th floor,' they said. AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS.

The footage shows the plane - a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17, which was in rehearsal for Brisbane's Riverfire airshow at the South Bank parklands - flying scarily close to the buildings. Luckily, it adjusts its trajectory at the very last minute to avoid a collision. So that's... ok, I guess?

Credit: 4esworld/Instagram
Credit: 4esworld/Instagram

Oh wait, no it isn't, according to the public. Though the incident was only a stunt, it has left a lot of people on social media very unhappy, with one person slamming the incident as 'unnecessarily stupid and dangerous'.

One person commented: "All it would take is a small mistake and those buildings and people would be toast."

Another said: "I mean it's cool and stuff, but that could've gone very, very, VERY wrong."

Following this controversy, you'd imagine the RAAF might be a bit worried - but luckily some people have jumped to its defence and pointing out that this sort of thing tends to be meticulously planned.

"Unless both pilots had a synchronised heart attack or catastrophic plane failure, nobody was in any danger," one person wrote. Glad neither of those things happened, then.

"I am not saying this is not well thought out," another responded, although to be fair that sounds like exactly the sort of caveat you'd open with before suggesting the exact opposite.

Riverfire is a festival held annually in Brisbane, with a finale based aroundthousands of fireworks and some dramatic flybys - for which the C-17 was rehearsing when this whole incident occured.

Storms did roll out across the southeast of Australia during parts of the flyovers but that didn't faze the spectators, who enjoyed the spectacular views - clearly after the initial shock of the close-flying C-17 calmed down.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

Despite storms and the C-17 shock the event drew an estimated 500,000 people to the river's edge and was reported to be one of 'the best firework displays of all time'. Hyperbolic or not, sounds like a great time was had by all.

Unless you worked in those offices.

Featured Image Credit: 4esworld/Instagram

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is journalist from West Cumbria, recently moved to Manchester for an exciting opportunity at LADbible. She used to work as an editor of a small newspaper, in Cumbria. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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