SPOTTED: Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Ocean City’s 9th Street Bridge
An airplane landing on the lanes of a busy bridge isn't something you see everyday. Nor should you. But that reportedly happened today in Ocean City.
I began receiving text messages and Facebook alerts a short time ago that a small aircraft was spotted ON the causeway of Ocean City's 9th Street bridge. Nothing like an emergency landing in the middle of a summer beach day at the Jersey shore, huh?
Over on the OCNJ Drone Facebook page, there it was (talk about timing, right?). A white plane with red stripes on its wings hovering between the bridge's right lane and the shoulder. Luckily, this did not occur along the span of the bridge where there's a pedestrian walkway. The situation could have been very bad.
The plane's pilot, Landon Lucas, 18, was reportedly near Steel Pier in Atlantic City when the aircraft started experiencing engine trouble. He was trying to get to Ocean City's Municipal Airport but ended up on the bridge instead, according to OCNJ Drone/Facebook.
Lucas, who was flying for Paramount Air Service, picked the right time as the causeway's westbound lanes were clear at the time of his emergency landing. It's amazing he was able to troubleshoot the situation and seemingly keep a cool head under such pressure, especially at such a young age. Well done, Landon!