ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – A pilot was pressured to make an uncommon maneuver after experiencing a midair emergency above Central Florida.
Cameras captured the small one-propeller plane nestled within the shade of two palm bushes in Orlando, Friday afternoon.
“I think the palm trees, I think, is what stopped it,” stated space resident Alice Caraballo.
Witness Raiah Collins pulled out her smartphone and recorded video of the emergency landing on University Boulevard.
“At first I thought it was cool, he was flying low, and then all of a sudden, it got a little bit more serious,” she stated, “and we saw it kind of drop, and that’s why I took my phone out to take a video.”
Incredibly, the pilot was in a position to keep away from site visitors.
“I ran and said, ‘Are you OK, are you OK?’ He said – he never said anything; he was maybe drowsy,” stated home-owner Samia Masood.
Masood stated she was residence cooking on the time when she heard the sudden visitor pull into her driveway.
“I was worried about him. This is the first thing on my mind, I was worried about him,” she stated, “but since he said, ‘I’m OK,’ I feel better.”
According to FlightAware, the plane took off from Orlando Executive Airport at 3:44 p.m. on Friday. It had solely been within the sky for 5 minutes when it crashed.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 40-year-old pilot had a mechanical failure that took the plane down.
“The pilot is good; he has no injuries,” stated FHP Sgt. Casey Briolat. “He does have a bandage to the top of his head, but he refused transport by [emergency medical services] to the hospital.”
Masood stated the actual hero is the Mother Mary statue outdoors her residence. She believes the plane would have hit her home had it not been for the statue.
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