A TEEN driving a small banner plane was able to make a daring emergency escape as he landed the plane on a moving bridge in New Jersey.
Landon Lucas, an 18-year-old pilot for Paramount Air Service, radioed in for help after he experienced engine trouble as he was soaring through the air over Ocean City.
A teen landed a small banner plane on a busy New Jersey bridge[/caption]
As the teen was flying through the air, he realized he needed to make an emergency landing or risk certain death.
The 18-year-old released the banner into the ocean near the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.
He then was attempting to reach the Ocean City Municipal Airport to make his emergency landing when he seized an opportunity to land on the westbound lanes of a bridge when there was a lull in traffic.
Lucas was able to land the plane without damage and didn’t cause harm to himself or other motorists.
“It’s not easy. It’s really a challenge. I’m very proud of him. It’s really phenomenal that he was able to do this safely,” Justin Dugary, a pilot, said.
Dugary was on his boat when he saw Lucas make the dashing escape.
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He said that Lucas’ landing was a textbook situation of how to make an emergency landing.
Lucas apparently had just gotten his commercial pilot’s license three months ago, according to his Facebook page.
The FAA and NTSB are both investigating the incident.