Local pilot recalls emergency landing on Highway 45

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Updated: 7/08/2013 10:42 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) --While flying towards the Tupelo Regional Airport Sunday night, something happened to the motor on a single engine Cessna 150 owned by two local pilots.

"I've been flying since 1985. This is the first time something like this has ever happened," said pilot J.J. Jasper.

He credits his instructors who instilled in him what to do and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

"It all comes back to you when your in a crisis situation and your in an emergency you start hearing the words of your instructor in your head if you will, about which procedures to do," said Jasper.

Jasper had two options to land the plane while rapidly descending down from an altitude of just over 2,000 feet.
Option one was to land on Highway 45 , and option two was to take it down safely in a field. 
"I wanted to go down with the flow of the traffic. Just found a little slot between the cars to try and make the safest entry. Just glad we made a safe landing under the circumstances and very very grateful to be alive," he said.

His family spent Monday evening celebrating one of his daughter's birthdays, and it's something the Jasper family will remember for a long time.

"Me and my family are so happy and thankful that dad is okay. Everything ended up good and he's okay," said his daughter Maddie Jasper.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration has ruled what happened an incident, because it was not a crash and there were no injuries.

"The FAA is coming up Tuesday," adds Jasper. "We're going to try and find out what the mechanical issue is to cause the motor to seize up."

As for his future as a pilot he says he has a master plan and is already counting the days to when he can fly again.

"I love to fly....the opportunity to fly people. I get asked I guess you're not going to go back up? Absolutely, I will fly again with my wife's permission."

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