Travel This Plane’s Engine Failed, and the Only Place to Land Was the Busiest Highway in America

21:01  16 april  2018
21:01  16 april  2018 Source:   Reader's Digest.CA

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And the only landing spot? One of the busiest highways in America . Schwartz responded, "Probably about five seconds." 40 seconds later, the plane hit the snow covered highway . Passenger Monica remembers, "I closed my eyes."

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'Mayday! We got Mayday!' Frank Pisano screamed over the micro­phone to the air control tower at John Wayne Airport last June. 
One of the two engines on his 1975 Cessna had failed, and he was now on a collision course with one of the busiest highways in America—­Interstate 405, just south of Los Angeles—­and there was no stopping it.

Driving south on the 405, near the airport’s runway, was John Meffert. 
A fire department captain, Meffert, 47, was heading home from his shift and had nothing on his mind that Friday morning but the Fourth of July weekend ahead of him. Then a low-flying plane caught his eye. After he took a second glance, a thought crossed his mind: 'This plane’s going to hit me,' Meffert told Fox 8.

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The segment of Highway 401 passing through Toronto is not only the busiest highway in North America but also one of the widest and busiest in the world. Toronto My Way . It’ s the busiest highway due to inept planning.

He was right. The plane slammed into the center median, popped up a few feet, and then clipped the front of Meffert’s SUV. It finally stopped after hitting the divider on the southbound side. Meffert pulled over. He was 
unhurt, and his SUV had sustained only a dent and a large scratch, so he turned his attention to the plane. He ran toward the smoke billowing from it—and then he saw Frank’s wife, Janan Pisano, pop her head up on the passenger side.

By the time Meffert reached the aircraft, part of the fuselage was on fire and Janan, who was covered in blood, was on the wing trying to pull her 
husband from the wreck. Meffert, afraid the plane would explode, guided her to safety behind it. At this point, traffic had come to a stop, and two nurses jumped out of their cars to help lead Janan farther away as 
Meffert ran back for the pilot. Frank had been knocked out by the initial crash, but he was conscious now and lying across both seats.

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But the crash sight was weird as the plane was reported to crash hundreds of miles away from the highway . The landing caused the plane ' s engines to broke from the plane . The plane wasn't far from the ground when the failure happened so the pilot decided to land the plane next to a road .

Think traffic is bad in your city? Unless you live in Ontario, Canada, this one has you beat. Ontario Highway 401, otherwise known as “The King’ s Highway ,” is a vast roadway that stretches across 514.5 miles from Windsor in the west to the Ontario–Quebec border in the east.

'I’m going to get you out,' Meffert said as he positioned himself under the pilot’s arms and carefully lifted him from the cockpit. A former medic in the Navy, Meffert was fully aware that if Frank had suffered a broken back, an errant twist could leave him paralyzed. But Meffert
 had to hurry. He dragged the pilot off the wing and carried him to the side of the freeway 
to safety, where they watched flames engulf the plane.

The Pisanos spent three weeks in the hospital, with Frank recovering from six broken bones in his back and Janan recovering from five. 
Remarkably, Meffert’s car was the only one hit by the plane. Had 
Meffert been a second or two faster, Frank told the Orange County 
Register, the left propeller would 
have ripped the top off his SUV and killed him.

'I play all the what-ifs—going slower, going faster. It could have been a very different turnout,' ­Meffert told Fox 8. 'We just had a lot 
of angels.'

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The CVR shows that the pilots were following the “Aviate Navigate Communicate” rule, focusing on keeping the plane aloft and restoring engine power while also working with ATC to find a place to land . In fact, the only thing working for the flight crew were the engines .

After the pilots report engine failure , the controller tells them they are approximately 17 miles west of a landing strip at Dobbins. He votes for "with," arguing that a landing plane is traveling only slightly faster than typical highway speeds.

Next, read the story about how two pilots were flying from Oahu to Hawaii when their engine stopped.

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