496 - Emergency landing
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"April 21/09 - WINTER HAVEN

As a flight instructor, Kyle Davis teaches his students how to make emergency landings. On Sunday, he got put to the test. "I was incredibly lucky," Davis told FOX 13. "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. Since so many other planes were flying there as well, Davis's passenger told FOX 13 that they thought "it would be cool" to video their trip. Just minutes after taking off, the engine conked out. Davis got it going again, then it stopped a second time. Then, a third. "He was just awesome," said John Amundsen, who taught Davis to fly. "I just hope if I ever have a situation like that, I am as cool as Kyle was." As the plane got closer and closer to the ground, Davis had to make a split-second decision. Land in a nearby lake, or on Havendale Boulevard -- one of Winter Haven's busiest streets. For whatever reason, there was no traffic on his side of Havendale, so Davis set her down there. Now people around the world are watching what happened on YouTube. By Tuesday, it had gotten thousands of hits. Even though Davis may have nerves of steel, a number of words on the video are bleeped out.

"I was saying my prayers," Davis said. "I was saying my prayers."

- From LL.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Wednesday, April 22, 2009  
  • At 4/22/09, 6:12 PM, Blogger Arjan said…

    one hell of a lucky bunch of guys.
    I think their hearts were skipping a beat a couple of times there.

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