MOTOR1: Pilot Makes Miraculous Emergency Landing On California Highway
No engine? No runway? No problem.
Remember long ago when you were in driver’s training class and the teacher told you to always keep your eyes on the road? This dramatic video footage from El Cajon in Southern California proves looking up from time to time might not be a bad idea, either. A quick warning before you click play – there is some strong language in the video below but then again, if a freaking airplane was landing in front of us on a busy highway, we’d have a few choice words of our own.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, a 35-year-old student pilot was at the controls and inbound for a landing at a nearby airport when the engine lost power. The instructor pilot, 25-year-old Ryan Muno, took over and decided they couldn’t make the airfield so he lined up for a landing on westbound I-8. As the video shows, the landing was spot-on and about as smooth as any emergency touchdown can be. No cars were damaged, nobody was injured, and aside from the engine problem, the airplane was fine as well.
Honestly folks, this incident is beyond incredible, and not just because this guy expertly landed and controlled his airplane in between traffic on the highway. Dodging cars was only part of this successful maneuver. Road signs and power lines aren’t concerns for us on the ground, but they’re definitely on the minds of low-flying pilots and hitting either would’ve been disastrous. Signs, light poles, and towers can be fairly easy to spot, but power lines can be almost invisible from an airplane and the pilot landed just in the nick of time, as there were wires atop the road just a bit further down. And don’t forget, the engine lost power so there was only one chance to get this right.
Big time props to this instructor who kept his cool and brought that aircraft home like a boss. He can be our wingman anytime.
Article By: CHRISTOPHER SMITH