Strong winds blow parked plane from Malta airport into building

Strong winds blew a unmanned private plane from its parking space into the side of a building adjacent to the Malta International Airport.


The Dassualt Falcon 7X is owned by former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Michael Ashcroft and registered in Bermuda, according to Malta Today. Ashcroft, who started home security firm ADT, has an estimated fortune of $1.64 billion, according to Forbes.
The aircraft became unhinged while parked at the airport in Hal Farrug. It plowed through a perimeter fences and into a sloped road, and struck a building owned by the Polidano Group, Malta’s largest construction business. No one was in the building at the time.

“It seems like it was the result of the strong winds. The building didn’t sustain major damage, but we presume the aircraft did,” Polidano Group’s legal representative Jean Paul Sammut told the Times of Malta.

Police and armed forces closed the road to the airport.

By Allen Cone