Emergency Landing from Inside the Cockpit

Flight instructor Kyle Davis got a chance to test his own abilities April 19, 2009, when the engine on his small plane quit multiple times and he was forced to land on two lanes of a four-lane road in Winter Haven, FL.

The whole ordeal — from engine failure to heart-stopping landing — was caught on tape from a camera in the cockpit.

“I was incredibly lucky,” Davis told FOX 13 television in Tampa. “It was a whole bunch of luck and a little bit of experience.”

Davis, and his passenger, a professional videographer, left Gilbert Field in Winter Haven around 10:30 a.m. They were on their way to the Sun ‘N Fun Fly in, a 15-minute flight. As the plane descended rapidly, Davis had to make a split second decision: land in a field, a lake or on the road. Fortunately, being a Sunday morning, there was little traffic on the road and no nearby cars in the lanes where Davis landed.

When the plane slowed, Davis turned it into a driveway and rolled to a stop in a parking lot.

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