An 18-year-old banner plane pilot made a successful emergency landing amid traffic on a New Jersey bridge after suffering engine trouble Monday.
Landon Lucas was flying the plane for Paramount Air Service when he suffered engine trouble near Atlantic City. The young pilot released his banner into the ocean and attempted to return to the Ocean City Municipal Airport, NBC Philadelphia reported.
On his way to the airport where Lucas hoped to return safely, he noticed a gap in traffic on a bridge off the Jersey Shore. Running out of options, Lucas decided to land the plane on the bridge.
He landed without injuring himself or others on the bridge and without causing damage to the plane, according to NBC Philadelphia.
“He did a perfect landing,” Rose Savastano, who works at the nearby Ocean City Welcome Center and witnessed the plane’s exit, told The Press of Atlantic City. “He’s okay.”
Traffic was still traveling in both directions on the bridge, a main thoroughfare in the area, during the landing, NBC Philadelphia reported.
Police teams arrived on the scene and officials began removing the wings from the plane before towing the ship. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident.