Pilot cushion tarmac after landing
Pilot celebrated after a dramatic landing in the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Love Was in the air for a Florida pilot, who kissed the tarmac safely after the landing of a small plane with landing gear problems.
The man was an instructor for Wayman Aviation and was giving a lesson to a commercial pilot instructor training.
Citing company policy, flight school officials refused to release the pilots names, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The two men were more than happy to be back and unharmed on terra firma at around 9 pm, at the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, after the nose wheel of their Piper PA-28 crashed on the runway.
The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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Eddy Luy, vice-president of the flight school, told the Sentinel that the pilot of the single-engine plane, is a master certified flight instructor who has worked for Wayman Aviation for more than five years.
“They were problems with the nose landing gear, which they reported to the tower. They did a fantastic job, all the way in for landing,” Luy said. “It was a fun, safe, controlled landing. Everyone is safe and unharmed.”
“This is exactly what an education is for 90 percent is for the emergency procedures, the “what ifs”, he added. He further disclosed that the incident “seems to be a mechanical failure, but it is still in research.
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“The airplane has been around for a long time, we know it thoroughly. If you fly enough hours, eventually something is going to happen,” Luy added.
In images captured by WSVN-Ch. 7 of the dramatic landing, the passenger protects his face with his hands as the plane floats to a stop. Throwing their flight bags out of the plane safely and jogging path, the pilot calls on his baseball cap in a salute to people with disabilities just before dropping to his knees and kissed the ground.
Pembroke Pines police confirmed to the Sentinel that fire trucks arrived on the scene, but the plane did not catch on fire.
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He said that the Piper is “absolutely recently been maintained,” but he had not the date at hand.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report, this is the second time in eight months that this Piper aircraft made an emergency landing during a Wayman Aviation flight lesson. In July 2017, the aircraft engine lost power and the pilot was forced to land in the Everglades, the instructor and the student happily walk away unscathed.
However, Luy said that the incident was not the same problems and landing gear that led to the March 29 crash landing, adding that the aircraft was repaired after the 2017 incident.
“We put it back in service. Our school is very well known for doing a high level of maintenance, good quality of maintenance,” he said.
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak