Video Captures Damage-Free Road Landing

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A young pilot who some sources say is a student ducked power lines, dodged cars, buildings and pedestrians and put her Cessna 172 down without a scratch on a busy Huntington Beach, California, street on Friday. Dash cam and surveillance video showed the unidentified woman maneuvering the aircraft in gusty conditions to avoid obstacles (the high wing may have helped) before setting it down firmly and bringing it to a stop just before a set of traffic lights on a major road. She apparently reported engine trouble with the aircraft before heading for the off-airport landing just before 5 p.m. during the height of the Friday afternoon rush hour. Video shot immediately after the landing showed the engine running as police approached the stationary aircraft.

The flight originated at John Wayne Airport and the pilot apparently reported the engine was running roughly. The undamaged plane was pushed to a cul-de-sac where investigators were to have a look at it. It’s not clear how it was to be taken back to the airport. The aircraft is a 2014 S model and is registered to JC Capital Holdings LLC in Los Angeles.



Comments (2)

Wow! Missed the power lines, traffic, and other obstructions. Well done!
Funny to hear the valley girl on the audio being so selfish and clueless with "this guy almost ran into me" and not understanding the life or death emergency.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | June 5, 2018 8:22 AM    Report this comment

Interesting how all the cars seem to be in the outer lanes leaving a pretty clear path for the airplane.
Nice job.

Posted by: Gary Williams | June 5, 2018 10:50 AM    Report this comment

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