Student pilot makes emergency landing on interstate before stepping out and relieving himself
The Cessna was just four or five miles away from Talladega Municipal Airport when it suffered an engine failure and was forced to make an emergency landing
Commuters traveling along the Interstate 20 in Talladega, Alabama, on Saturday afternoon were in for quite the shock. As they went along their way, they suddenly saw a small plane descend from the skies, narrowly avoid traffic, and then make a perfect landing on the side of the road.
But the surprise wasn't quite over just yet. The student pilot who had been flying the plane as a part of what was reportedly his first lesson then calmly stepped out, made his way to the side, and answered the call of nature, relieving himself in front of shocked passers-by.
So, this just happened: a plane lost its engine and emergency landed on I-20 W in front of us. Video coming. pic.twitter.com/VFO74YGSMe— Fredie Carmichael (@DeveloperFredie) 22 December 2018
According to the Daily Mail, the bizarre sequence of events, including the student relieving himself, was captured on camera by Georgia resident Fredie Carmichael, who at the time was driving to Mississippi with his wife and children to spend Christmas with the rest of his family.
Carmichael posted the clip on his Twitter account, writing, "This small Cessna landed on a crowded I-20 W in Christmas traffic. He barely missed a few cars and landed perfectly. The two men inside said it was a student pilot’s first flight and they had engine failure. They were remarkably calm. The student was the first to exit the plane."
In the video, Carmichael's wife can be heard asking him to pull over so they could check if everyone on board the plane was okay, speculating they had made such a dangerous landing because one of the passengers was possibly having a medical emergency.
This small Cessna landed on a crowded I-20 W in Christmas traffic. He barely missed a few cars and landed perfectly. The two men inside said it was a student pilot’s first flight and they had engine failure. They were remarkably calm. The student was the first to exit the plane. pic.twitter.com/Rg9zchqbEk— Fredie Carmichael (@DeveloperFredie) 22 December 2018
However, at that moment, the student pilot emerges from the left side of the plane and gives the couple a thumbs up sign to indicate that nothing was amiss. The student, who can be seen sporting a ponytail, then heads toward the grass, turns his back to the highway, and empties his bladder.
Carmichael's wife can be heard gasping and asking incredulously, "Is he peeing?!" before then realizing that her son was witnessing the scene and asking him to close his eyes.
The Mail reported that the Cessna had taken off and was just four or five miles away from Talladega Municipal Airport when it suffered an engine failure. Jim Williams, a flight instructor with 36 years of experience who was on the plane teaching the student at the time, told WSB-TV that despite following procedure and going through the troubleshooting process, nothing was working.
"I was out of options," he was quoted saying. "And the interstate was the closest, so I made a left turn and dodged some traffic and a sign and managed to get it stopped." He added he was grateful that all the passengers on the plane walked away unharmed from the mishap and that "everything seemed to work out good."