Heather, Frank Laudo Hit By Airplane While Driving SUV (VIDEO)

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If they didn't have a sunroof before, they sure do now.

Just four weeks away from getting his pilot's license, William Davis had asked his wife, Kandy, to take a home video of his first solo flight in a small airplane, WFAA reports.

The video shows Davis flying the 2005 Cessna Skyhawk straight into an SUV, ripping through the top of the vehicle as he approaches the landing strip at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas.

Everyone survived the incident, though the Laudos sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Heather Laudo immediately called 911, initially confusing the dispatcher.

"I'm sorry, you'll have to say that again," the dispatcher said on the phone. "I thought you said you'd just been hit by an airplane."

"Yes, we were just hit by an airplane!" Heather Laudo repeated, "Please come now!"

After assessing injuries, the first question airport manager Glen Hyde had for the Laudos was, "Why did you pull out in front of an airplane?"

"We didn't pull out in front of an airplane," Heather Laudo can be heard saying in the video, while Kandy Davis insists, "Yes, you did."

50 feet away from the airplane, the word "STOP" is written on the pavement, a sign meant to deter motorists from driving by when the runway is active. Both Frank and Heather Laudo, however, are adamant they never saw the plane until about a second before it hit them.

"I was opening my mouth to go, 'duck!'" Frank Laudo told NBC 5. "The next thing you know there's shattering."

In the video, another vehicle can be seen driving through -- without stopping -- just seconds before the Laudos' vehicle is hit.

The airport has attempted to purchase the property surrounding the road in order to enforce safety, WFAA reports, but their offers have been refused. Nevertheless, Hyde says they will be making concerted efforts to make the situation safer.

William Davis told the station he is going to give up flying altogether. "Things like that make you reconsider what is important and what could have happened," he said. "I have a young daughter and a wife, and they need me to be there to take care of them."

According to ABC, this is the fourth accident linked to the airport in the past six weeks. The previous accidents all involved crashes after takeoff, and have killed a total of six people and injured one.

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