A 22-year-old woman pilot hit a power line, knocked over a street sign and had to dodge a car while landing her plane on a Houston suburb street Tuesday night, and she is being appreciated for the same.
Sarah Chantal Rovner, whose plane engine stalled while in the air, has less than 100 hours flying experience and got her flying license just three months ago. What she did has been considered heroic.
Apparently, even veteran pilots would find the act difficult and it is not easy to make an emergency landing like that without harming oneself or someone on the ground.
Rovner, a second lieutenant in the patrol's Houston-based Thunderbird Composite Squadron, was flying a Civil Air Patrol-Owned Cessna 172 jet from Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas, and was forced to make an emergency landing when her plane's engine gave up.
She landed safely under the guidance of Federal Aviation Administration controller on East Davis Street in Conroe, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported.
The impressive emergency landing was made around 9:30 pm while Rovner was on a training mission.
Col. Brooks Cima, Texas Wing commander, told Nebraska City News Press: Landing on a public roadway is certainly not optimal, but the pilot surveyed the situation and determined that the road was the best and safest choice for herself and the residents of the area given the local terrain and darkness of night.
An investigation into the reasons for the failure of the plane engine has been opened by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.
The one thing that I would say is that I'm looking forward to flying with her, said Lt. Col. Bob Beeley with the Texas Civil Air Patrol.
She is an excellent pilot. She did a good job. She did what she was trained to do.