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Drivers Stunned When Plane Lands On Rush Hour Motorway In Risky Manoeuvre

Drivers Stunned When Plane Lands On Rush Hour Motorway In Risky Manoeuvre

This is the jaw-dropping scene that motorists faced when a plane performed an emergency landing on a motorway during rush hour traffic.

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Roberto Alexander Castillo, 35, was with his boss driving home from work in British Columbia, Canada, when he filmed the eye-popping incident on Friday.

He said: "My co-worker, who is also my boss, was driving and I saw the plane coming down on the highway. I told him, 'Hey hey, look at that plane, man!'

"I was like, 'Right in front of us, that plane is gonna crash!' So he pulled over and we were like, 'What are we gonna do?' Because we saw a big truck coming up behind the plane and we thought they were going to collide.

The plane was on the opposite side of the motorway to Roberto. Credit: Pen News
The plane was on the opposite side of the motorway to Roberto. Credit: Pen News

"But they landed well, really well. At that moment I thought maybe they were filming a movie or something."

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Yeah, this screams Fast and Furious, doesn't it?

According to local media, the plane had to land on a highway near the city of Surrey after losing a fuel cap from one of its wings, causing the fuel to empty in mid-air.

The plane was reportedly being piloted by a flight instructor, who had taken off from Boundary Bay Airport for a lesson with a student. Well, that's exactly what you don't want to happen when you're learning how to fly a plane.

The plane was being piloted by a flight instructor who was on a lesson with a student. Credit: Pen News
The plane was being piloted by a flight instructor who was on a lesson with a student. Credit: Pen News

The instructor's boss, Peter Schlieck of the Canadian Flight Centre, hailed his employee for making a 'perfect' emergency landing.

He said: "He did a perfect job, no one was harmed and there wasn't a scratch on the plane."

And the truck Mr Castillo worried was going to collide with the aircraft actually helped it to land, as Mr Schlieck pointed out: "The truck drivers slowed down and blocked the highway, and he was able to land the plane."

He added: "It was fantastic, considering Highway 17 is a busy highway and it was close to rush hour."

Roberto Alexander Castillo. Credit: Pen News
Roberto Alexander Castillo. Credit: Pen News

As for Roberto, he decided it was best to stay home after his near-brush with disaster.

He explained: "That day, before we came home, some building material had fallen down really close to us. Then, when we saw that plane, we were like, 'This is the second time today, this is crazy, something must be happening to us.'

"After that I didn't go out, I didn't do anything, I stayed at home. I sent the video to my guys and they asked if I was going to football practice and I said, 'No, I'm not going to go out, I'm kind of afraid.'"

Considering there were people in a lot more danger than him, maybe he needs to stop being dramatic and go to football...

Featured Image Credit: Pen News

Topics: News, Canada

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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