“You sort of go back to instinct:” Pilot and student share story of strange landing on Highway 101

A small plane made an emergency landing on Highway 101 on Remembrance Day and the pilot and student pilot on the plane spoke to FOX 11 about the landing.

The emergency landing took place around 7 p.m. on Monday near Reyes Adobe Road in the Agoura Hills area.

“We had just landed in Camarillo and then we were on our way back. We had reached the top of our ascent which is 3,500 feet. I wanted to take pictures so Trevor [flight instructor] ended up taking control. I was listening to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gypsy’, everything was great, ”said flight student Brian Carson.

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However, Trevor Peterson, the flight instructor for OC Flight Lessons, and the future military pilot noticed a problem with the Cessna 172 aircraft.

“The engine started to run rough. We had kind of a sudden change in the way the engine was running. I noticed that the oil pressure had dropped. My initial reaction was to try and deviate towards Van. Nuys. Pretty quickly, I realized that wasn’t the case. An option. We declared an emergency, “said Peterson.

It was an alarming experience for Peterson and Carson as a student.

“When the engine first went off I thought we might die so it was a little scary and then when it turned the power back on it started to shake more violently. ‘plane might explode, so that was another big fear, “Carson says.

Peterson contacted air traffic control by radio who told him that Freeway 101 was below for landing.

“You kind of go back to the instinct. There was a moment of panic that quickly dissipated. I was extremely focused. That’s exactly what we train for. That’s what we do. let’s train all of our students, ”said Peterson.

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Peterson has been a pilot for four years and ended up landing the plane on the freeway without scratching the plane, other cars, and no one was injured.

“It was the first time that I turned off the engine in flight on a single engine aircraft, so in that sense it was different but in a lot of ways it was exactly what I do three to four times a day. day, ”said Peterson.

Peterson said the traffic was “fairly light” and he was able to spot a gap in the traffic for the landing.

“I’m really grateful it wasn’t saved. Memorial Day at 7pm returns to Los Angeles, you’d expect it, but it all played into the assessment of where we were going to land,” he said. he declared.

Law enforcement helped push the small plane off the highway after landing. Carson said he was grateful that everyone was doing well and that Peterson landed the plane so well.

“I knew he was a great pilot so his landings have always been tied. It also makes me want to improve on my landings,” said Carson.

Omar Amin, the owner of OC Flight Lessons, said he received the call about Peterson’s emergency landing shortly after.

“He [Peterson] said ‘Omar, I landed on 101’ so I could hear his voice and that’s all I was really interested in. I didn’t care about the plane. I knew he was safe, ”Amin said.

Amin described it as a “miracle” and said that if Peterson hadn’t been on that plane as a pilot, the outcome likely would have been different.

“It’s amazing. It’s a miracle that there was no damage to people or property, not a scratch on the plane. I cannot thank him enough for his great job. It’s amazing. to regain his piloting skills. That’s what we are. taught from day one, “Amin said.

Carson and Peterson know they will never forget this strange landing.

“Always the first question people ask you is what’s the craziest thing that has happened to you or the most unusual experience and it definitely surpasses it,” Peterson said.

The cause of the emergency landing is still under investigation.

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