Friday, December 3, 2010

Emergency Landing on Street

This happened 18 months ago in Florida, it's a good job the roads are a bit wider there than they are over here! Click read more and scroll down for the video :-)

POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- The Sun 'n Fun Fly-In starts today and already there were some tense moments in the sky for a pilot headed to the event.

The pilot, Kyle Davis, 22, and his passenger, Joe Surowiec, were flying from Winter Haven to Lakeland Sunday when they experienced engine failure.

Realizing the engine wouldn't cooperate, Davis was able to land the homemade plane safely on Havendale Boulevard.

"The options for me were land on the road or land on the lake," Davis said.

Davis is a part-time flight instructor with 1,300 hours in the skies. His own flight instructor, John Amundsen, calls his roadway landing, incredible.

"Watching that video, he was just awesome," Amundsen said. "I just hope, you know, if I ever have a situation like that I can be as cool as Kyle was."

No injuries were reported.

Sunday's incident didn't scare Davis away from the skies. He plans to fly his own plane to the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In later this week.

It's unknown what caused the engine failure.

Thanks to Bay 9 News in Florida for the text and CNN for the video.

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