Queens Assemblyman Clyde Vanel crash landed a small airplane he was piloting on a Long Island seashore Friday afternoon in a scary scene that was captured on video.
Vanel told CBS 2 that he and a buddy took off in his single-engine Beechcraft from Brookhaven Airport round 2 p.m. “to practice some maneuvers” within the good climate.
Suddenly, nonetheless, a nice day within the skies turned to terror when the airplane’s engine misplaced energy.
“Of course I was panicked. I didn’t understand what was going on with the engine,” Vanel stated.
But Vanel regained his composure and stated that his emergency coaching kicked in.
“Airspeed, find the best place to land, communicate and then exit,” he stated. “The best place for me to land was a small area that had beach that wasn’t around people, that wasn’t around stuff.”
Only one girl was on the Shoreham seashore on the time — Caelyn Canace, who captured the heartstopping touchdown on video, obtained by CBS 2.
The dramatic footage exhibits the airplane descending quick earlier than touchdown on its stomach on the sand.
It slides a number of toes earlier than splashing into the water.
Canace stated neither of them gave the impression to be severely injured. When talking with CBS, Vanel solely had a small minimize below his chin.
“I was like, ‘You guys OK? OK?’ And you could see they’re in shock. We’re all in shock … I think he landed very nicely. I think he did a good job,” Canace instructed the outlet.
Vanel, who went to aviation faculty and has been flying recreationally for years, stated that he’s glad the one casualty was the airplane.
“Really blessed that the FAA training program trains folks on what to do during emergency procedures, so if you follow that, chances are you can come out with a good outcome,” Vanel stated.
He stated he hopes to get again up within the air quickly.
The FAA is investigating the crash.