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article imageVideo: Student pilot's crash landing

By Greta McClain     Jan 7, 2013 in World
Mangalore - A student pilot showed incredible calm and poise when he was forced to make a crash landing after a wheel fell off his airplane mid flight.
The twenty-one-year-old Chinese student pilot was conducting a solo flight in a Piper Warrior after taking off from the Mangalore airport, located approximately two hours north of Melbourne, Australia. During the flight, his flight instructor noticed what he believed to be damage to the underside of the plane. The instructor told the student pilot to fly closer to the ground so he could inspect the plane. The pilot did as instructed and it was learned that a wheel had fallen off the plane mid flight.
According to News Australia, the student pilot, who only had 120 hours flying experience under his belt, was told to continue to circle the area to burn off fuel in hopes it would elevate the likelihood of sparks causing a fire during the landing.
Approximately an hour before the plane was to run out of fuel, the pilot was told that emergency crews would be on the scene and expected the landing to be a "crash landing". He was further told despite his efforts to burn off as much fuel as possible, there was a risk of the plane catching fire during the landing. Even with this unnerving news, officials say the student remained calm and positive.
Just before the pilot made his landing, emergency crews sprayed foam on the runway. The pilot calmly guided the plane down while his instructor and emergency crews nervously watched. Almost immediately upon landing, the plane veered off the runway and into the grass before coming to a stop. Emergency crews began spraying more foam around the plane before assisting the pilot out of the aircraft.
A single engine plane flown by a student pilot makes a crash landing after a wheel fell of the plane...
A single engine plane flown by a student pilot makes a crash landing after a wheel fell of the plane mid flight.
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Paramedics on the scene examined the student pilot and determined that he was uninjured. He was all smiles after being released by paramedics and calmly walked to the airport shed for a debriefing with his flight instructor.
Incident controller Acting Sen-Sgt Clayton Munroe praised the pilot, telling the Herald Sun:
"He was excellent when we were giving instructions. He was cool and calm and did everything he was instructed to and probably performed a textbook crash or emergency landing."
According to The Telegraph, the student pilot is believed to be a trainee with China Southern Airlines.
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