World-famous bomber overshoots runway and just misses road as cars pass

A bomber plane was inches away from crashing into a busy road full of cars after it came off the runway.

The world-famous plane overshot the runway and ended up in a field after veering off the tarmac.

A trial high-speed run was taking place when the XM655 Vulcan aircraft failed to slow down as intended, reports Coventry Live.

The plane was the UK’s airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War and occasionally makes high-speed taxi runs.

No one was hurt in the latest taxi test which took place at Wellesbourne Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday.

Experts believe the accident was due to a malfunction of a piece of equipment in the cockpit, which meant the bomber went at high speed for two seconds longer than it should.

Images show the Vulcan bomber’s nose just inches from oncoming traffic on the busy road in Warwickshire.

Plane tyre marks were left across the field as the plane steered from the runway and grounded to a halt sending dust plumes into the air.

Police closed Stratford Road following the incident, which took place at around 11am, and shared an update on Twitter.

A spokesperson said: “Part of Stratford Road is closed near Wellesbourne Airfield after a plane came off the runway. Nobody was injured.

“The road is likely to remain closed until the plane is removed. Please avoid the area if you can.”

The aircraft, which draws crowds of visitors, is looked after by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society at the airfield.

Speaking last year, Wing Commander Mike Politt said: “The aircraft performed fantastically, she’s in great shape, it went flawlessly.

“It’s been five years since the last high-speed taxi, and there were certainly a few people in the café and on the airfield pleased to see her running.

“She may have been brilliant, but operating on a 2,000ft runway might not have been great for my blood pressure!”