A single-engine Socata airplane with two people on board crash-landed on a busy Florida Turnpike near the Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon. Miraculously, the pilot managed to steer the airplane out of harm’s way.
The only people injured from the incident was the pilot who has been identified as Alain Jaubert , 49, from Julos, France and his passenger, Donato Pinto, 50, of Aventura. Fortunately, their injuries were non-life-threatening.
“At some point, there was a mechanical problem with the plane,” FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky told reporters. “The plane was forced to attempt a landing on the northbound lanes of the Turnpike”.
Carlos Parodi who was driving on the highway at the time the accident occurred, told CBS 4 that he saw the airplane approaching and slowed down.
“When I saw him about two blocks away, I stopped cause I knew he was gonna crash. Then he crashed and he started skidding sideways.”
After the crash, Parodi, a former pilot himself, approached the airplane to help the passengers. “He said [the pilot] he couldn’t get out because his back was hurting a lot,” Parodi explained. “I said listen, I don’t care. You’re gonna get out. I told the pilot, help me. And I grabbed him and pulled him out.”
Official said that the pilot handles the situation extremely well as he avoided hitting any vehicles even though he landed against the flow of traffic.
“It was a tremendous effort on the pilots’ part to bring it down and not get anybody hurt. Kudos to him,” said Hollywood Fire/Rescue Chief Virgil Fernandez.
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