A Little Luck Goes A Long Way

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Luck was in the air for a few GA pilots over the past week as they walked, swam and were pulled away from some potentially disastrous circumstances. Probably the most public examples was Ramsay Shockley's unplanned swim in Jamaica Bay, New York, in front of thousands of beach-goers. Shockley, 25, was towing a banner with a Cessna when the plane developed engine trouble and he elected to ditch. He was picked up from the wing of the submerged plane by a passing jet skier. In Beirut, a student pilot and instructor put their Cessna 172 down on a crowded road after the plane had engine problems. Just prior to landing, the pilot leaned out of the window of the plane and asked a boy on a motorcycle to "Stop the traffic, I have to land." There were no injuries and no damage to the plane or cars. Some good Samaritans came to the rescue of a 172 pilot whose plane went down at a fly-in on Lundy Island, off the north Devon coast in Britain. The pilot was knocked out in the crash and onlookers managed to pull him out before the plane exploded. He was not seriously hurt.