Teen pilot makes emergency landing in Cajon Pass, California
A teenage pilot saved his life and the lives of three passengers when he made an emergency landing on Route 66 in California on Monday morning after his small plane lost power.
Brock Peters, 18, was flying a single-engine plane with family members on board when he said he heard an engine noise as it flew over Cajon Pass just before 10 a.m., KTLA reported.
Peters was flying over the pass between two major mountain ranges – the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains – when he realized he had no choice but to land, he said. he told Inland News.
“At that point I had no space or time to go to other airports and that was my only option, my only chance to get it down,” Peters told the outlet.
He began the descent, maneuvered the plane under the power lines and landed safely on Cajon Boulevard near Matthews Ranch Road, according to VVNG.
Peters landed the aircraft without causing any damage to the aircraft.
He and three members of his family – with whom he was traveling to Riverside Municipal Airport for breakfast – aboard the plane were not injured.
The teenager said he was able to maintain peace of mind instead of panicking, which helped him complete the landing without a problem.
“I just have to stay calm, remember my training and just land the plane and make sure everyone is safe,” he said.