I need to know the name of a Film/story/book, not sure which.

  • A space craft is gonna crash-land on Earth

  • The pilot is speaking with the government asking for a safe place to land that's not near any water or lakes as those will destroy him.

  • The ship is guided to an open field but they can't find it because the craft is tiny.

  • At the end of the story/film/book, one of the searchers accidentally treads on it!

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    It sounds like the story described in this book, but it doesn’t name it: books.google.co.uk/… Black-and-white sci-fi film? – alexwlchan Oct 16 '14 at 20:04

That would be "Pictures Don't Lie" by Katherine MacLean, although based on your description I believe you're thinking of the 1962 TV episode based on the story. The reviews here mention all of the plot elements you describe.

Something's wrong! The aliens claim to have reached our planet ... yet they don't see anyone waiting for them, and the waiting humans don't see the alien ship. Now the aliens claim to have landed in an ocean of noxious chemicals, and they're being attacked by bizarre monsters. Angrily, they accuse us of lying to them. The transmission fades as the 'monsters' (from Earth, apparently) destroy the aliens.

Eventually, the Earth people suss out what went wrong. Although the aliens look like humans, they are in fact much smaller than we are: microscopic, in fact. Their tiny spaceship landed in a rain puddle, where it was devoured by protozoa

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  • MacLean's "Pictures Don't Lie" was also identified as part of the answer to this question. – user14111 Oct 17 '14 at 1:58

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