Balls Of Steels: Emergency Landing10 Nov 2010 1 Comment
POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) — The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In starts today and already there were some tense moments in the sky for a pilot headed to the event.The pilot, Kyle Davis, 22, and his passenger, Joe Surowiec, were flying from Winter Haven to Lakeland Sunday when they experienced engine failure.Realizing the engine wouldn’t cooperate, Davis was able to land the homemade plane safely on Havendale Boulevard.”The options for me were land on the road or land on the lake,” Davis said.Davis is a part-time flight instructor with 1,300 hours in the skies. His own flight instructor, John Amundsen, calls his roadway landing, incredible.”Watching that video, he was just awesome,” Amundsen said. “I just hope, you know, if I ever have a situation like that I can be as cool as Kyle was.”No injuries were reported.Sunday’s incident didn’t scare Davis away from the skies. He plans to fly his own plane to the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In later this week.It’s unknown what caused the engine failure.
It’s awesome how he got the aircraft into the parking lot and off the road at the end.