Textbook Ditching Near Miami
An unidentified banner pilot starred in what could become an instructional video on how to ditch an airplane when his Piper Pawnee had engine trouble in the Bay of Biscayne near Miami last Friday. The video, shot from a boat full of people who didn’t seem to realize the gravity of the situation until the plane hit the water, emerged over the weekend. It shows the bright yellow work plane stalling just above the waves and remaining upright in the water despite the sturdy forward main gear plunging in first. The pilot was uninjured and swam to the boat.
The aircraft remained afloat and was later recovered. The nature of the failure wasn’t reported and neither was the name of the pilot. The incident occurred about 3:16 p.m. on the busy stretch of water.