World War II plane blocks Dutch motorway

13th August 2010, Comments 0 comments


An historic Dakota C47 airplane got stuck on a motorway in the Netherlands early on Friday.

The plane was being transported by road overnight from the museum where it resided to an airfield near Leiden. It had been hired by a production company which is staging a World War II musical.

Shortly after midnight, just before the convoy reached its destination, the plane got stuck between two concrete ledges lining the road. The A44 motorway was blocked until the early morning while heavy equipment was brought in to lift the aged aircraft from its precarious position. No-one was injured in the incident.

The Dakota C47 was one of the Allies' preferred planes during and after World War II. Dutch pilot and war hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, a central character in the musical, flew Queen Wilhelmina back to the Netherlands in a Dakota C47 in 1945.

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