Quite a landing...and doubly so considering it was done at night. here's the story:
john cundle was out on a routine flight thursday night in his two-seater plane when things took a serious turn.
"i had just overflew centralia [ont.] and was headed back to windsor and my engine stopped," said cundle.
the 54-year-old windsor man had to prepare for what would be an emergency landing in a st. clair township cornfield. cundle earned his pilot's licence in april, and thanks to recent night-training courses, knew exactly what to do.
cundle said he was told to go to sarnia's airport, but he knew he wouldn't be able to glide that far without engine power. in the middle of a dark sky, cundle had to make an important decision. "i could land on a highway - and i did look over there and think for a second - but i couldn't put somebody else in jeopardy because of my emergency, so i decided i would try to find a field," he said.
in the dark, cundle could see the bright lights from various towers around him but he was more afraid of hitting a hydro pole and wires or a building he couldn't see. he looked for the darkest possible area to make his landing.
"when i saw the top of the corn at first i thought it was grass so i was very excited that i found a grass field but that excitement only lasted a very short amount of time," he said. " i felt the corn brush against the bottom of the plane."
the corn stalks helped to slow down cundle's plane, which he calls "hasel," and came to a full stop in about 38 metres. he immediately got on a radio to let authorities knew where he was.
(story from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/windsor-pilot-who-survived-corn-field-landing-camps-overnight-with-plane-1.4379449
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