Mother of teen pilot who landed plane on Ocean City bridge: 'He wasn't upset one bit'

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OCEAN CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- The parent of a teen aviator who landed a banner level connected a bridge astatine the Jersey Shore says she was shocked aft proceeding the news.

It happened astir 12:38 p.m. erstwhile 18-year-old aviator Landon Lucas skillfully executed an exigency landing connected the usually engaged Rt. 52 causeway successful Ocean City, New Jersey Monday.

Lucas, who was flying for Paramount Air Service, reported that his level began to acquisition motor occupation arsenic helium was traveling adjacent the Steel Pier successful Atlantic City. He past released his banner into the water and was attempting to scope the Ocean City Municipal Airport erstwhile helium spotted a spread successful postulation successful the westbound lanes of the causeway, said officials.

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Lucas landed the level with nary harm to the craft and nary wounded to himself oregon immoderate drivers.

One of the archetypal radical helium called was his mother, Rita Lucas, who lives successful Wyoming. She says she couldn't judge it erstwhile helium told her astir the accident.

"'Mom you mightiness privation to cheque retired the news. I had a small concern today.' He wasn't upset 1 bit," she recalled.

Lucas told his parent helium relied connected his grooming to onshore the level safely.

Drivers and bystanders heading into the metropolis took pictures astatine the antithetic sight.

"I was riding backmost to my location each of a abrupt I spot a level going little and little and I could perceive it," said witnesser Daniel Lepone. "I heard a large roar and the propeller and it was truly large and I could spot it conscionable drift down slowly. It was beauteous scary."

Tonight connected Action News astatine 11, we volition person much from Lucas' parent and his formation instructor.

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