Who would have thought that an innocent Father’s Day gift would turn into a death-defying spectacle? That’s exactly what happened with Vincent Fraser, a Marine veteran from Florida, who took his father-in-law on a fast flight on a property he had just purchased as a Father’s Day gift.
When Fraser and his in-laws returned from their trip, things turned around. His 1967 Aero Commander 100 engine failed mid-flight, dropping from 5,000 feet to just 1,000 feet. This prompted Fraser to perform a maneuver he had never done before – an emergency landing.
Fraser, at the time of the incident, had just been cleared to fly in October 2021 and had just under 100 hours of cockpit experience. However, his life as a Marine hardens his will, allowing him to complete daring maneuvers on public roads.
The incident occurred in North Carolina, NBC News reported. According to Fraser, the first option was to land on the bridge, but it was too cramped and busy. He initially decided to go to the river then he saw Highway 19 on his left.
Luckily, the highway wasn’t too busy at that time. Dodging power lines and other road users, Fraser managed to land without causing damage to other vehicles or himself and his passengers. The entire emergency landing sequence was shared via Fraser’s YouTube video (embedded at the top of this page).
Based on NBC News, the plane was towed to a nearby shop to repair the plane’s faulty engine. Three days later, authorities partially closed Highway 28 to allow the plane to take off and continue to the proper airport.
Fraser flew back to Florida on a commercial flight and decided to continue flying the plane, though, not anytime soon.
“I thought I was going to keep going. I just needed some time away from the plane. I’m happy to be alive and happy no one was hurt,” Fraser said. NBC News.