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Plane Touches Down on Germany's Highest Peak

A pilot has successfully landed his plane on Germany's highest mountain in the first such landing in 50 years.

Huber's plane

The pilot found the landing strip on the first attempt

Pilot Tom Huber set his small Savage Classic D-MERG plane down Saturday, May 3, on a 2,600-meter-high (8530-foot-high) plateau on Bavaria's Zugspitze.

"It worked on the first approach," Huber's spokeswoman, Eva-Maria Greimel, told reporters. "The sun wasn't shining so it was hard for the pilot to make out the contours of the landing strip."

The 37-year-old pilot was given special permission to land the plane on the 2,962-meter (9718-foot) mountain in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in a stunt marking the end of the winter season. The last time a plane successfully landed on the mountain was in 1958.

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