Nigel Hopkins parachutes to safety.
South African airshow pilot Nigel Hopkins, who is in France getting prepared for the 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championships, is fortunate to be alive after his MX Aircraft MX2 airplane broke up in flight. Hopkins was on a practice flight in preparation for the competition, which is set to take place August 20 through 29 in Châteauroux, France.
La Nouvelle Republic reported that the engine and right wing separated from the carbon fiber airplane for unknown reasons.
Photo by: Flying Magazine Editor