Pilot Vincent Frasier was forced to land his single-engine aircraft on a North Carolina highway after experiencing engine failure, and it was all caught on tape.
Being a pilot means knowing that someday you may have to contend with mid-air emergencies, but Frasier handled the situation like a champ and, despite being forced to land on a roadway amid traffic, there were no injuries reported from the incident.
Footage from the plane shows the pilot navigating some light traffic as he tried to land.
WATCH: New video shows a plane making an emergency landing on a Swain County highway Sunday morning. Hear from the pilot tonight on @WLOS_13 at 5 & 6!
Video courtesy of Vincent Fraser. pic.twitter.com/hcxOGUUGgP
— Andrew James (@AndrewJamesNews) July 7, 2022
The emergency occurred as Frasier took his father-in-law to see a Fontana Lake property he had just purchased. At some point during their flight, the only engine started to fail.
“I started going through my checklist and I was able to get the aircraft to restart and kind of fly a little bit, but she would only fly for 3 to 5 seconds, and then she would come back down and start to sink again,” Frasier explained to local news station News 13.
“By the grace of God, I looked to my left, and you couldn’t see it before because, you know, it’s just all valleys and mountains, but there’s a road — that road that I landed on just right there, perfectly lined up,” he continued.
Social media reacted to the clip as well:
Jeeeeez, they BARELY missed the power lines at the end.
— Brian (@selliba) July 7, 2022
Imagine doing 65 on the highway and look beside to see a jet just casually descending to land in the next lane…😱🤣😱🤣 pic.twitter.com/zgDQgUmc9B
— J.Hopp💯✊🏾🏁🖤🖤 (@DatDude_JHopp) July 7, 2022
I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say I would SHIT MY PANTS if I saw a plane getting closer in the rear view lmao
— Jerry-Go-Round (@JerryyGoRound) July 7, 2022
Other than being on a curve (which would add some difficulty points for sure), textbook emergency landing. Well done! Looks like a Cessna with a landing speed somewhere around 60-70mph, so well-suited to a highway.
— Joshua Zide (he/him/his) (@JoshuaZide) July 7, 2022
I’m no pilot but I’m pretty sure that runways are normally straight because landing on a curved surface must be very hard. Great pilot.
— Chopper (@davidandrews808) July 7, 2022
— Rob Hageman (@roballemachtig) July 7, 2022
Glad nobody got hurt. Now that’s a conversation starter. “So I’m driving down the highway….”. Lol
— Justin L. Baker (@Jbaker1722) July 7, 2022
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