Drivers on a business-lined road in Parkland, Washington were met with a surprise yesterday when a single-prop airplane had to make an emergency landing. The entire incident was caught on a police dashcam, and, while no one was injured in the incident, it’s still a dramatic video to watch considering all the things that could have gone wrong.
The video starts with the plane already flying low over the road, appearing mere feet above the tall streetlights. The cars ahead of the police cruiser notice the plane, and brake. One even veers toward the edge of the road to avoid the aircraft. The plane then dips below the tops of the streetlights before zooming past the police car that turns to follow. The video then cuts with the cruiser tailing the plane as it touches down, narrowly missing an oncoming car.
It’s not a soft landing either. The plane hits hard, one wing tilting skyward from the bounce as the pilot brings it under control. It veers toward the left side of the road and a parked car before the pilot can straighten it. The plane comes to a stop at an intersection in the left-hand turn lane with the cruiser pulling up behind it – the plane caught a red light. You can then see the officer walk over to the plane and knock on the fuselage before the canopy opens and the pilot climbs out. The two then push the plane into a parking lot.
According to the Associated Press, the single-prop KR2 airplane suffered a fuel system malfunction, which caused the plane to stall that prompted the emergency landing. Thankfully, the pilot was able to land when there was a break in the traffic. If the pilot had to land at a busier section of road, or if the intersection he stopped at wasn’t red, things could have been much, much worse.