An Asian female pilot trainee successfully made an incredible emergency landing of a Cessna 172 aircraft on a busy California street on Friday.
The small single-engine plane, which was supposed to be heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, made its death-defying landing in the middle of a street in Huntington Beach on Friday afternoon, reports CBS LA.
— CAPTAINSONCHO (@thesoncho) June 2, 2018
The unnamed pilot, a student of Orange County Flight Center, was reportedly forced to land on Hamilton between Newland and Seaforth Lane after losing power during flight, airport officials wrote on Twitter.
Cessna Skyhawk en route to John Wayne Airport lost power. Aircraft landed safely in Huntington Beach. There is no impact to Airport operations.
— John Wayne Airport (@JohnWayneAir) June 2, 2018
While residents surrounding the area got a scare upon seeing the aircraft maneuvering its way among road vehicles on a residential street, no one was reportedly injured from the incident.
Authorities have nothing but praise for the young pilot for causing no damage to any property, including the plane, during the unorthodox landing.
“Amazing job by pilot putting down her plane during an emergency landing on Hamilton Street in HB.” Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy said. “The plane lost power shortly after takeoff from John Wayne Airport. No injuries or damage.”
Amazing job by pilot putting down her plane during an emergency landing on Hamilton Street in HB. The plane lost power shortly after take off from John Wayne Airport. No injuries or damage. pic.twitter.com/e1WLcxZsW9
— HBPDChief (@HBPDChief) June 2, 2018
“This could have been really, really bad,” a witness told ABC. “She flew underneath all those wires, which is a pretty big deal. Those wires hang down pretty low and could have killed the power throughout this entire block. It was pretty gnarly.”
The plane has since been moved and is now under the investigation by the FAA in a bid to figure out what caused the plane to lose power.
Feature Image via YouTube / CBS LA