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Banner Plane Pilot Makes Emergency Landing On Ocean City Bridge

Banner Plane Pilot Makes Emergency Landing On Ocean City Bridge


July 20th 2021

A banner plane piloted by an 18-year-old safely made an emergency landing Monday on the causeway leading into Ocean City.

Police said they were called to the Route 52 Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point at 12:38 p.m.

The pilot of the plane, Landon Lucas, an 18-year-old flying for Paramount Air Service, told police that he began to have engine trouble as he was flying in Atlantic City near the Steel Pier, according to a press release issued by Ocean City.

He released the banner into the ocean and was trying to land at the municipal airport in Ocean City. Instead, he saw a gap in traffic on the westbound lanes headed into Somers Point and made the emergency landing, police said.

The plane was seen flying low to the ground more than an hour before it landed.

Banner plane makes emergency landing

“We were sitting at a window seat at Oves on the Boardwalk about 11:11 a.m. when my husband looked up and said that plane is in trouble,” said Sharon Lyons Wardlow. “It was low to the beach, traveling slow, with the banner hanging down.”

Photos from the bridge showed the plane in a traffic lane pointed toward Somers Point with traffic stopped in both directions. Emergency workers in reflective vests could be seen on the bridge near the aircraft.

“We are on our way there,” said a woman who answered the phone at Paramount Air Service, based out of Rio Grande, who did not offer her name before hanging up. “The pilot is OK and nobody got hurt.”

Police said the pilot landed without damaging the plane, injuring himself or any drivers.

“Investigators are on the scene, and crews are working to remove the wings and tow the plane away,” Ocean City spokesman Doug Bergen said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Banner plane makes emergency landing

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