Watch the insane moment a pilot’s plane flipped upside down after he was forced to crash land the ailing aircraft into a field – as horrified tradies rushed to his aid
An Australian pilot has miraculously survived an emergency crash landing after his plane’s propeller stopped mid-flight.
Pilot Vic Pisani was flying over the Queensland city of Gympie on Monday morning when the engine on his light aircraft stalled, causing the propeller to stop.
Mr Pisani said the aircraft’s engine stopped when he was 2,500 feet (762 metres) in the air, giving him three minutes to pick a field to land in.
‘I selected three fields,’ Mr Pisani told the Today Show on Tuesday.
‘One I couldn’t get into. The second one looked great but it had livestock all over it so I had to give that one away and I had no choice but to put it down where I did next to the house.
‘(It) wasn’t probably as terrifying for myself as it was for the people on the ground who thought I might have damaged something.’
Horrified witnesses saw Mr Pisani’s plane speed towards the field at about 10am on Monday, watching it flip after it hit the dirt in a Kandanga paddock, south of Gympie.
Pilot Vic Pisani crash landed his propeller aircraft in Queensland (pictured) after the plane’s engine stalled mid-flight. Mr Pisano was uninjured despite the plane flipping on impact
Tradies Matt Frost and Marty Reinwald were on a cigarette break while working at the house on the paddock when they filmed the plane flying alarmingly close to the ground.
‘We were sitting down having a smoko and we could hear Vic’s plane flying past and I had a look and then couple of seconds later, we heard the engines cut,’ Mr Frost told the Today Show.
‘We probably watched it for maybe 20 seconds, thinking it might just be a training drill, but after about 30 seconds later, we realised he was in trouble.’
The pair rushed to Mr Pisani’s aid, fearing the plane would burst into flames at any moment.
As they approached the plane, the two tradies were relieved to see the pilot making his way out of the wreckage unscathed.
‘He seemed in good health almost instantly,’ Mr Reinwald said.
With 30 years of flying experience, Mr Pisani said this was the first time he had to perform an emergency landing and appreciated the help from the guys on the ground.
A pair of tradies on a ‘smoko’ break from working on the house on the property captured the emergency landing on camera
‘Thanks to training, I ticked off all the check lists on the emergency check list,’ Mr Pisani said.
‘Those guys were down there in minutes and I much appreciate the help and sorry to scare them.
‘Apart from hitting a patch of soft ground and flipping it, which was the resulting crash, it would have been a nice forced landing.
When asked if the crash has deterred him from flying, Mr Pisani said: ‘Maybe the opposite’.
‘I would like to fly again, of course.’