The Grand Tour’s James May has revealed how he cheated death after crashing a plane on the runway.
The former Top Gear host and his co-presenters are no stranger to life-threatening accidents, with Richard Hammond ending up in a coma after losing control of a dragstar vehicle in 2002, and this brush with the Grim Reaper was a lucky escape.
Recalling the horror incident, James told Good Morning Britain presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘I was being overconfident in strong crosswinds in a light aircraft and I thought I could sort this out and get it back, but I was wrong, so it ended upside down.’
‘It was freshly filled with fuel and it was all pouring out,’ he added. ‘We got out very quickly, but there was no fire which was just fortunate.’
‘There was another bloke with me and we were both pretty much unscathed,’ James continued. ‘I bashed my knees up and I was limping for a few days and he got hit on the ear by the flight case.’
When asked whether he thought he was a gonner, James replied: ‘No, as I was coming down, I thought, “I’ll get away with it.”
‘There’s a dangerous point when you’re flying airplanes when you’re ability climbs.’
We admire his confidence…
James, Richard and Jeremy Clarkson are set to return to our screens for The Grand Tour as season four is scheduled to drop in just three days time.
In a savage 30-second clip ahead of the show’s release, James admitted that he ‘didn’t want to be with’ his fellow co-stars as they began their journey on the waters in Vietnam.
‘The boat I chose was an old riverboat, I didn’t think about it that carefully,’ the host said, before going onto reveal how he came close to cheating death again in the series.
‘We were a bit too optimistic about that as well and it turns into a festival of terror.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and James May: Our Man In Japan will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 3 January, whileThe Grand Tour presents: Seamen will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 13 December.
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