8 Weirdest Places to Land a Plane
1Landing at the Wrong Airport (with a Much Shorter Runway)
The flight, Southwest Airlines 4013, which left from Chicago's Midway airport was originally scheduled to fly to Dallas with a stop in Branson, Missouri (BKG). Instead, the aircraft touched down at Taney County Airport (PLK), 8.6 miles away from its intermediate stop. PLK's runway is about half the length of BKG's at 3738 feet versus 7140 feet. The pilots later said that they did not realize they were at the wrong airport until they had landed, which required heavy braking to get the Boeing 737-700 with 124 passengers aboard stopped on the shorter-than-expected runway.
After landing at the wrong airport, the passengers were taken by ground transportation to the correct airport and then flown to Dallas on another jet later that day.
2Landing on a NYC Highway
The aircraft, a Piper PA-28, set down at around 3:20 p.m. on the northbound side of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, in an area where the highway passes through Van Cortlandt Park. Three people were on board.
Police and fire officials said that neither the male pilot nor the two female passengers appeared to have been badly hurt. All were taken to a Bronx hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
3Landing on Top of Another Plane
It appears they were both under the impression that the other would give way before the planes dramatically collided on the runway. Upon impact, the undercarriage of the landing plane, which was being flown by a student pilot, became wedged in the top of the wing of the other aircraft.
The planes' propellers smashed together as they collided, causing considerable damage to both aircraft.
4Landing in the Middle of an Alaskan Highway
According to Armon Tabrizi, he was not immediately sure where to land before deciding to put the Cessna 172RG Cutlass down in the middle of Boniface Parkway on a cold afternoon of January 2014. The young pilot, 27, avoided cars and stoplights, and no one in the plane or on the ground was injured.
Two other people were with Tabrizi in the plane, which is owned by Land and Sea Aviation, a flight school based at the city's Merrill Field.
The three men on board discussed landing at Campbell Airstrip, but worried that the plane would hit trees. Tabrizi said he also considered landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Instead, he decided to land on the median after seeing a break in traffic.
5Landing on a Beach in Auckland
Hundreds of people were on the beach at the time, but the fact that nobody, including the two people onboard the aircraft, were injured has the Civil Aviation Authority impressed with his piloting skills.
The drama unfolded at Martins Bay beach, near Warkworth, when engine trouble hit the single-engine microlight about 3km offshore.
A group of about 500 people had gathered on the beach for a sandcastle-making competition before the aircraft skimmed over their heads and landed further along the shore.
6Landing on a Highway in Madhya Pradesh
The small aircraft, said to be a Piper PA-30 belonging to NRI Sam Verma, was on a regular sortie when it was caught in strong winds and forced to land on the four-lane highway, about 180 km from Bhopal. Dramatic TV footage showed the aircraft's descent amid wooded surroundings and electric poles as traffic was brought to a halt for a safe landing. The plane, with the insignia VT-EUC, landed safely and pulled up yards away from rows of trucks which were parked on the roadside.
7Landing on a Pick-up Truck
The video looks amazing. However, it was not a real emergency but a staged one produced for a Nissan Frontier television advertisement. Nonetheless, the feat is still impressive.
8Landing at an Old Racetrack
Barnett said that his first thought was to just find a place to land, and since he was right over I-20, he was looking for a place that didn't involve cars or houses. In an instant, the Benbrook pilot had no power and no runway. His target became the racetrack, and he landed at an old infield for the track.
To land safely, Barnett says that he simply kept his airspeed up and glided right in. He had a couple of bloody knuckles, but he says the plane was worse off.
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