Friday, June 01, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N375CS: Incident occurred June 01, 2018 near John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Orange County, California

JG Capital Holdings LLC:

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (FOX 11) - On Friday afternoon, a small plane that apparently lost power while heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana has made an emergency landing near Hamilton Avenue and Magnolia Street in Huntington Beach, officials say.

The plane is believed to have landed safely and there are no immediate reports of injuries.

Raw video ➤

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The pilot of a small aircraft made an emergency landing in the middle of a street in Huntington Beach Friday, causing a bit of a spectacle for residents in the area.

Reports of a plane down came around 5 p.m. and authorities discovered the single-engine Cessna 172 plane landed safely on a street near Hamilton Avenue and Magnolia Street.

The aircraft landed about 5 miles southwest of John Wayne Airport.

An official with the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the plane made an emergency landing for unknown reasons at the intersection.

The pilot was the only person on board and was not injured.

Witnesses took photos of the plan settled in the middle of the road as they drove by or waiting in traffic.

The FAA is investigating the emergency landing.

Story and video ➤

A small plane landed on an Orange County street Friday afternoon, and miraculously no one was hurt thanks to the pilot's deft maneuvering, authorities said.

The plane reportedly landed safely on a Huntington Beach street near Hamilton Avenue and Newland Street.

She did a "fantastic job," Huntington Beach police said.

John Wayne Airport‏ tweeted that a Cessna Skyhawk heading to the airport lost power, but was able to safely land on a street in Huntington Beach. There was no impact to airport operations.

Surveillance footage captured the amazing moments when the plane goes racing down a busy street in Huntington Beach.

Officers on scene said the pilot was extremely calm, and no one was injured.

They also said "clearly this could have been much worse."

Hamilton between Newland and Seaforth will be closed for unknown duration.

The FAA and NTSB are expected to respond to questions about the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. This pilot definitely has "the right stuff". How she landed with all those wires & poles without as much as a scratch on the plane is amazing. Great job!

  2. Chapeau, pilot. Cars, powerlines, utility poles.... you thread the needle.

  3. ....any one you can walk away from, and EVERYBODY walked away from this one unharmed! Very nice job by this pilot!

  4. Young lady with only 15 hours solo.

  5. Did anyone notice that was a no flaps landing??

  6. Propeller/engine was still running after the landing.
    So what was the reason for the mayday call?

  7. ^^ Just because the propeller is still turning does not mean that the engine is producing any useful thrust to keep the aircraft at altitude, its basically a "loss of power" event, and it WILL force a landing. Engines do windmill as well, and if the engine lost all compression, then it wont take much to turn it over. in the videos i've seen where it was turning over, it really didnt sound happy at all.

  8. How can an engine lose ALL compression?
    Windmilling on the ground?

    A carburated engine can have a clogged carburator and run on the idle bypass only.
    But we have an injected engine in this case.

    Also landing with 0° Flaps is not very clever.

    I have a feeling that this beginner chinese(?) female student pilot somehow panicked about something she could not cope with.
    Pure luck that nothing happened in this one.

  9. Those criticizing this kid for not using flaps, I take it you have all done better at some time in the past. She pulled off a perfect forced landing given her level of experience.

  10. You don't need flaps to make a good landing (every flown a Citabria 7ECA? It doesn't even *have* flaps). The video shows she clearly pulled off a good landing and one might even argue that carrying a little extra speed even allowed her to make those last-minute maneuvers she did to avoid cars, so let's not second-guess success here, eh?

  11. With the Cessna 172, you have the option of running on the left fuel tank, right tank, or both on at the same time. Just speculation, but I would assume, (make an ass out of you and me) the fuel selector was on a low tank, maneuvering for landing and sucked up air on the low tank. Power loss, what else is a student to do! Well done, not good landing but great landing, that airplane will fly again as I hope the pilot does as well!


  12. "The FAA is investigating the emergency landing."

    Wait for the report folks. The reason will likely come as a surprise.

    The mushy "tude" and the "right stuff" accolades might change.

    But, given the outcome I think we are all glad not a scratch or a fatality.

  13. With all of the death & gore stories on this site, it's nice to hear of one that actually ends well. It will come out in the NTSB report whether this emergency landing was pilot induced or a mechanical problem but it won't change the fact that this young lady stayed calm and flew that Cessna with precision and didn't put as much as a mark on the plane or anyone around her. I hope that if I'm ever in that situation I could fly that plane down to a successful landing as she did.

  14. Stupid to land on a road with traffic. Coming in at 60knts towards traffic? Good way to kill a bunch of innocent people.

  15. Great job doing this. Prop looks as though weathervaning opposite to power. Amazing with all those power lines. Kudos to drivers also.

  16. Noticed the flight path on - I don't believe her decision to land on a busy street should be lauded. Perhaps she should have executed her forced landing in one of the many concrete "rivers" she previously flew over.

  17. I'm also wondering why the engine was running after she came to a stop. The interviews with people who came out of their offices said the engine still running for several seconds they were yelling at her to shut it off she seemed to ignore them. This isn't the first time I have seen Chinese national who shouldn't be in a cockpit. I listen to my local airport which has lot of Chinese nationals here training they hardly understand English. They just spit out words they hear on the radio in response to the tower. One guy was told to go around as he was on final he responded with he was returning to the airport.

  18. "Chinese nationals here training they hardly understand English"
    If a student cannot communicate with the ATC, then the CFI should not sign that solo endorsement! Especially at KSNA, Class C airspace...........

    Anyway, we should wait for the NTSB report before making any judgment.

  19. The police said she was going through a proper shut down checklist when they approached. She was right to ignore bystanders to focus on her job of properly shutting down the aircraft which is the safest thing to do. How do you know she’s a Chinese national? She speaks perfectly fluent English in the ATC audio and might even be born here for all you know. So, just withhold judgment and wait for the investigation to run its course. She did a fabulous job and I hope she doesn’t swear off flying for good.

  20. A running engine after stopping on the street behooves the question as to why the shutdown did not occur at the airport of origin or an alternate.

    Use of the word fabulous seems a bit premature tome unless you are describing the paint job on that bird.

  21. Jim B,

    I don't think there will be an investigation. I couldn't find an NTSB investigation number for the airplane's serial number N375CS. The plane is still in the air flying as normal according to FlightAware.

    I think they're just going hand wave this one as heroic and call it a day.

  22. If this plane is flying again... how did they tow it back to an airport? It's a royal pain to get a plane like that anywhere at all given the wings and high tail. Unless they found a pathway back to John Wayne.

  23. They take the wings off and load it onto a flatbed truck and drive it back to the airport. Given all the wires around the landing site, I don't think they attempted to fly it back out!

    1. I'm from the area they used a flat bed tow truck and at night with police escort closed off the roads they just drove down the middle of the street and over curbs to avoid light poles. They did not remove the wings.It's common to move big things at night drive really slow with spotters.

  24. Truth be told, following a post incident investigation and thorough aircraft inspection it was determined that there was nothing wrong with the airplane or the engine. The student pilot royally screwed up and froze. She forgot how to fly the airplane.

  25. "Following what was incorrectly identified as a loss of engine power, the aircraft force landed to roadway terrain in Huntington Beach while on approach to land at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California. The actual cause was the pilots failure to retract the full flaps after a touch and go landing during a supervised solo."