Losing an engine is one of the greatest fears for a single-engine pilot, especially a trainee. It’s a horrible scenario, but it doesn’t have to end badly, as this student pilot showed with a near-perfect emergency landing.
Brian Parsley departed in a 1968 Cessna 150J from Concord, North Carolina on May 22 for a “solo lengthy cross-country” flight. The Cessna’s engine stuttered to a halt at around 2,200 feet above sea level, nine miles from his home airport’s runway. There was no way he could get it to the airport with just 1,500 feet of height, so he brought it in for an emergency landing.