The scene turned horrific after an ultra-rare Porsche 918 Spyder clipped the grass along a prepared empty runway at high speed and veered off into a crowd of spectators at the Hal Farrug airport in Malta, leaving dozens injured – five critically.
Paul Bailey was at the wheel of the vehicle when the incident occurred during a fundraising demonstration drive in conjunction with the Paqpaqli ghall-Istrina motor show. Among those in critical condition include the driver and a six-year old girl.
Clear footage of what happened at the Maltese airport are a little scarce right now, but here's a video we found showing the Porsche just as it lost control. Viewer discretion is advised.
Bailey, a millionaire tycoon from East Midlands in England, is also said to be an experienced racecar driver.
Local newspaper Malta Today reports that a total injury toll was 26, with 19 taken to Mater Dei Hospital for treatment while the remaining seven sent to Paola Health Centre.
The incident occurred around 2pm. The Porsche 918 Spyder had lost control while speeding along the taxiway before going through the barriers and crashing into the large crowd of spectators.
President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro-Preca, was at the scene shortly after the incident where she spoke to the victims, their relatives, and witnesses. She said to Malta Today:
"I have no words to describe my sorrow at what happened... all we can do is be there for the people affected by this incident,"
“The matter now is under a magisterial inquiry. It would be unethical to comment on it.”
Aftermath at Hal Farrug Airport, Malta.