A fourteen-year-old girl on her first ever flying lesson had the fright of her life when the plane hit a gas-filled balloon yesterday.
Amy Boulton screamed as the Cessna 152 collided with a bright pink balloon shaped as the number 2 as it flew at 1000 ft above a Nottinghamshire airfield at 100mph.
Instructor Will Flanagan said: "This was Amy's first flight.
"She had been at the controls but I was flying in to land at Gamston when I suddenly saw it - I thought it was a bird at first.
"It could've been a big problem if it had wrapped around the propeller.
"But thankfully it didn't cause any damage and we landed safely.
"It certainly gave Amy a shock."
Photos and video by Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press.