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Syracuse Journal-Democrat - Syracuse, NE
  • Texas Wing pilot makes emergency landing on a city street

  • A Civil Air Patrol pilot escaped serious injury Tuesday night when she was forced to land on a city street.


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  • A Civil Air Patrol pilot escaped serious injury Tuesday night when she was forced to land on a city street.
    Second Lt. Sarah Rovner, a member of the Thunderbird Composite Squadron in Houston, was flying the CAP-owned Cessna 172 from West Houston Airport to Lone Star Executive Airport when she reported losing aircraft power. When she realized she would not be able to glide the final six miles to the airport, she safely landed the plane on Davis Street in downtown Conroe with guidance from a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller at the airport.
    No one was injured, but there was some damage to electric utilities and the aircraft.
    The reason for the emergency landing has not been determined and is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.
    Col. Brooks Cima, Texas Wing commander, said, “Landing on a public roadway is certainly not optimal, but the pilot surveyed the situation and determined that the road was the best and safest choice for herself and the residents of the area given the local terrain and darkness of night.”
    Lt. Col. Bob Beeley, the Texas Wing’s Group IV (Houston area) commander, noted that Rovner is a certified FAA pilot.
    CAP has a very low rate of aviation mishaps and a strong safety awareness program that is a part of all operations.
    CONROE, Texas -- A Civil Air Patrol pilot escaped serious injury Tuesday night when she was forced to land on a city street.
    Second Lt. Sarah Rovner, a member of the Thunderbird Composite Squadron in Houston, was flying the CAP-owned Cessna 172 from West Houston Airport to Lone Star Executive Airport when she reported losing aircraft power. When she realized she would not be able to glide the final six miles to the airport, she safely landed the plane on Davis Street in downtown Conroe with guidance from a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller at the airport.
    No one was injured, but there was some damage to electric utilities and the aircraft.
    The reason for the emergency landing has not been determined and is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.
    Col. Brooks Cima, Texas Wing commander, said, “Landing on a public roadway is certainly not optimal, but the pilot surveyed the situation and determined that the road was the best and safest choice for herself and the residents of the area given the local terrain and darkness of night.”
    Lt. Col. Bob Beeley, the Texas Wing’s Group IV (Houston area) commander, noted that Rovner is a certified FAA pilot.
    CAP has a very low rate of aviation mishaps and a strong safety awareness program that is a part of all operations.
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