Pilot spends night in tree after crash

BERLIN — The pilot of an ultralight aircraft in Germany spent more than 12 hours stuck up a tree after rescuers were unable to reach him overnight.

Police in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said the unidentified man crash-landed in the tree late Monday about 19 miles east of Stuttgart.

Attempts to bring the man down from his lofty perch 98 feet above ground had to be abandoned at nightfall because of the risk that the plane and its pilot might be dislodged and fall to the ground, police said.

The 59-year-old was eventually rescued unharmed Tuesday.

Dick Van Dyke sings 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' at Denny's

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dick Van Dyke has treated diners at a Denny's restaurant in California to a rendition of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

A post accompanying a YouTube video of the performance says the 90-year-old Van Dyke and the other three members of his quartet, The Vantastix, had just finished an appearance on a local television show before going out for breakfast. The video shows the quartet seated with pancakes at the table and singing the theme song to the 1968 British musical, which starred Van Dyke.

Van Dyke and The Vantastix are promoting a show later this month in southern California.

Associated Press