A teenage pilot makes an emergency landing near a busy highway in California
(CNN) — A teenage pilot flying a single-engine plane with several family members on board made an emergency landing near a two-lane highway in California’s San Bernardino National Forest on Monday.
“We cross the pass and I hear a bang and then I lose all power in my engine,” pilot Brock Peters, 18, told CNN affiliate KCBS/KCAL in an interview. He landed the plane on a small road in Cajon Pass, reports KCBS/KCAL.
The Federal Aviation Administration told CNN that a Piper PA-28 with four people on board landed on Cajon Boulevard shortly before 10 a.m. local time Monday.
Peters was transporting his grandmother and two cousins from Apple Valley Airport to Riverside Airport, according to KCBS/KCAL, when his motorcycle broke down and he was unable to advise a nearby airport tower due to the terrain.
“I can hear my grandma crying in the back,” Peters told KCBS/KCAL. “I’m like, ‘I need to unplug her, focus on what I need to do and get this plane to land safely and make sure everyone’s okay.’ “”
Brock Peters, 18, has had his pilot’s license for four months.
He landed the plane safely and no one was injured.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the matter.
Peters, who earned his pilot’s license four months ago, told KCBS/KCAL he plans to return to the cockpit next week.
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