OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (KYW) -- A teenage pilot made an emergency landing on a bridge in Ocean City Monday afternoon while flying a small banner plane.
Landon Lucas, 18, got himself and the plane safely on the ground after the plane had engine failure mid-flight.
“I’d like to think it’s luck but also I think I did it with skill,” Lucas said. “Once your propeller actually comes to a complete stop, and you’re just sitting there like, ‘holy crap, I can’t screw this up.'"
Lucas had just five minutes to react to the engine failure. He also said there was no radio in the aircraft, so he was on his own. He released his banner into the ocean and then spotted a gap in traffic on the 9th Street Bridge, where he was able to safely land.
“I was screaming in joy, it was surreal. I made it. The airplane’s in one piece, I’m in one piece, not a scratch,” he said.
Lucas is a fresh-faced pilot, earning his license to fly about 10 weeks ago. He has an associate's degree in aviation. He now hopes this will be the last emergency landing he has to make.
“Yeah, let’s hope this is the last time I land on a bridge,” Lucas said.
The FAA was out investigating Tuesday to determine what led up to the incident and determined it was a no-fault emergency landing.