Piper Warrior Lands Safely on California Highway

Instructor praised for his flying skills

Keri Decker
Keri Decker captured the landing on videoYouTube screen shot

A Piper Warrior II made a successful emergency landing Friday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 just a few miles southeast of Gillespie Field in El Cajon California. Twenty-five-year-old flight instructor, Ryan Muno and his student were aboard when the engine quit, according to NBC 7..

As the pilot in command, Muno assumed control of the aircraft and safely maneuvered under nearby power lines, while avoiding cars on the interstate. The Piper rolled about half a mile before stopping. After the landing, Muno and his student pushed the aircraft aside as to not block traffic, the New York Post reported. "He is the 'Sully' of San Diego today," said retired Pacific Southwest Airlines Captain, Joe Graham.

Zack and Keri Decker captured the landing on their cell phone as Muno put the plane down in front of them, according to the Huffington Post. "It was like magical, like the fact that he was able to maneuver around the cars and that the cars were smart enough to get away," Keri Decker said. The FAA and NTSB are now investigating, according to New York's ABC 7 and the Associated Press..