Plane takes off after making emergency landing
WEST BROWARD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A plane is back in the air after a student and an instructor were forced to make an emergency landing on U.S. 27.
A vintage plane used a remote road as a runway. The 1959 Beechcraft 18 took off from U.S. 27 one day after it was forced to make an emergency landing. "Once they cleared their throats from danger," said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dennis Roberts, "They were able to get their wits and call 911."
The plane landed off the road into a ditch. "They were very lucky," said Roberts. "Very lucky that they picked the right time of night. The pilot was training a rookie pilot and he was going through scenarios. His intention was to turn off one engine, but he subsequently turned off both."
One of the people inside the plane at the time was thankful. "Nobody was hurt, everything was fine," said MAN. "You know, the airplane was undamaged."
The next day FAA investigators were out looking over the plane. Mechanics were also at the scene to make sure it was OK to take off.
Moments later it was on the road taxing. Florida highway patrol helped out. "We just wanted to block the roadway and make sure they had a clear path to take off with," said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
After it took off, it landed a short time later at Florida Executive Airport. It was a training flight both passenger and pilot trainee will never forget.
When mechanics came out Wednesday, they replaced a hydraulic line. The FAA is investigating to determine what brought that plane down. The good news is there were no injuries.
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