A plane landed safely on a street in Alaska after the craft lost partial power. The pilot was able to avoid stoplights and cars to emerge safely with two passengers.
Pilot Armon Tibrizi, 27, told the Anchorage Daily News that he never lost complete power
but said the engine had “significant issues” and that he couldn’t talk about the ongoing investigation into what caused the problem.
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“The engine never quit," Tabrizi told the Daily News. "But we lost enough power and were unable to maintain flight."
Land and Sea Aviation owns the plane and a spokesperson there told the Daily News it was on a routine maintenance flight.
At a low altitude, Tabrizi told the Daily News that he couldn’t make a nearby airstrip because he feared hitting trees. He aimed the plane for the median on the road.
Meredith Hazen was driving on the four-lane road, and saw the plane land. She told the Daily News, “I noticed it coming over the top of my car, from the back side. It took me a second to realize, 'He's not flying that low on purpose.' I could see the belly of the plane out my windshield."
She also said the driver of the car in front of her seemed to hit the brakes hard and drove up on the snowy barrier to avoid hitting the plane’s wing.
"I was just really, really happy. Really, really thankful that all the individuals on board weren't hurt," Ben Kinney, operations supervisor for Land and Sea Aviation, told the Daily News. "They're all three really good friends of mine."
Just four days ago, another small plane, this time in New York, landed on an expressway after experiencing trouble in the air. Two passengers and one pilot were on board, and one person had a minor injury.
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