Dashcam captures plane landing in busy street
A Washington State Patrol officer happened to capture video of an airplane landing on a busy street.
Trooper Clint Thompson was on patrol Thursday morning when the plane approached in view of his dashcam. The camera continued recording as the officer turned the car around pulled up behind the plane as it made an emergency landing near Parkland, Washington.
“I was flying to work and my engine quit and made a forced landing on Pac. Ave.,” pilot David Acklam told KOMO-TV News.
Trooper Thompson’s dash cam video capturing this morning’s events! Great job by the pilot and trooper! pic.twitter.com/7X0uWYJ9fc
— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 1, 2019
No one was injured when the single-prop KR2 aircraft landed after a fuel system malfunction, reports KOMO-TV News.
But motorists were quite surprised.
One driver, Dennis Diessner, told KOMO News the plane came so close to his car that he thought he could have reached out and touched it.
“I thought his wing was gonna take the top of my car off,” Diessner told KOMO News. “I almost had a heart attack.”
Thompson helped the pilot push the plane off the road into a parking lot, KOMO reported.
“I thought it was a remote-controlled plane at first. But as it got closer it kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger — looked like it was getting closer to the ground,” Thompson told KOMO. “I decided to make a U-turn, turn on my emergency lights and try to slow traffic down to give him a place to land. In my 21 years, this is a first.”
“I would like to thank the trooper for what he did probably saved me from serious injury or death and somebody else from getting in a car crash with the plane,” Acklam told KOMO. “Thanks to the State Patrol… and it’s a good day to be alive.”
Read the full story at KOMO-TV News.
Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].