“Thank goodness we’re fine,” Brian Carson exclaims on his Instagram page, a wide smile hanging under his helmet, aware of having narrowly escaped the worst. The blond thirty-something has just managed to land his plane in an emergency in the middle of the 101 freeway, about sixty kilometers west of Los Angeles, California. An unusual maneuver captured live by several bewildered motorists. At full speed, the aircraft flew a few meters above the cars launched on the expressway. It will manage to slip between several vehicles without causing damage.
A little earlier, this single-engine Cessna suffered an engine failure, forcing the pilot to initiate an emergency landing maneuver where he could. Once safely posed, the American and the pilot intern at his side took care to share their misadventures on Instagram. In the images, we can see the front of the small plane making its way through other vehicles. To evacuate the machine, the authorities still had to cut out several highway signs that were too bulky.
The highway was then temporarily closed and the plane could be evacuated to a nearby exit, between a road slip and a flower bed. An unusual car park which made the pilot smile on his Instagram page: “So there is that which just happened”.