A Florida deputy and two citizens are lucky to be alive after a single-engine aircraft nearly crashed into a police cruiser while attempting an emergency landing.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a traffic stop on Sunday morning when their dash cams recorded a moment they will never forget- a single-engine plane clipping a tree as it came in for an emergency landing on the highway.
Running into engine trouble as he departed Clearwater Airpark for the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 61-year-old aviator Marc Benedict was forced to attempt a landing on the busy highway, clipping a tree and “burning in” in the process.
The aircraft slammed into the treeline, but not before it nearly crashed into a patrol vehicle.
The deputies, pilot, and passenger were not injured in the crash.