Benet Wilson

Strange but true general aviation news

January 17, 2014 by Benét Wilson

The highway became a runway. A pilot and two passengers were forced to make an emergency landing on New York’s Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx after an engine malfunction, reports NBC New York. No one was injured and the Piper PA had minor damage.

A different interpretation of getting high. Despite an effort to fly under the radar, federal and Lawrence County, Utah, authorities were suspicious of  pilot Ken Barton Burrows, who was detained after landing at New Castle Airport, reports the Ellwood City Ledger. After inspecting his single-engine Cessna, Dept. of Homeland Security officers found 240 lbs of marijuana worth nearly $1.2 million on board.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Andrew Decker, says he didn’t know that pointing a laser at a helicopter was dangerous, reports WESH-TV. The teen, who allegedly pointed a laser in in the cockpit of a sheriff’s helicopter as it flew over his neighborhood,  faces a felony charge.

Helicopters to the rescue! Two Tampa police helicopter pilots made a dramatic rescue of a pilot whose airplane had just crashed  as it approached Tampa International Airport, reports the Tampa Bay Times. A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescued a glider pilot who ended up trapped in a 50-foot tree, reports CBS San Francisco.

Good landings.  The Coast Guard rescued two passengers after their airplane went down off the coast near California’s Catalina Island, reports KPCC Radio. A pilot was not injured after he made an emergency landing of his ultralight aircraft in a field in Odessa, Texas, reports the Odessa American.

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