POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 6:04am
RUSTON, LA (KTVE) — Just 50 feet and some crafty piloting saved a plane and its passengers from disaster yesterday afternoon.
Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, a private plane with 2 pilots and 3 passengers onboard reported electrical failure.
The plane, which had just taken off from Shreveport, had to make an emergency landing at Ruston Regional Airport.
Without power, the plane was unable to use its brakes. It was steered more than 400 feet past the runway before finally coming to a stop.
The pilots put out a number of grass fires and were able to get the passengers out safely.
"We're all very lucky. The pilots had to put out a number of fires to get everyone out safely. However, we're all very lucky," said Ruston Police Chief, Stephen Rogers.
Authorities say the plane was almost full of fuel having just left Shreveport and could have created a major fire had it steered into a wooded area past the runway.