Teen Safely Lands Plane on Bridge After Having Engine Issues

A teenager was able to safely land a banner plane on a New Jersey bridge after reporting issues with the plane's engine.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified the plane as a "single-engine Piper J3C-65 Cub."

"A single-engine Piper J3C-65 Cub landed on the Route 52 bridge near Ocean City, N.J., after the pilot declared an emergency at 12:37 p.m. local time today," the FAA said.

According to the FAA, only the pilot was onboard the plane when it was forced to make an emergency landing.

"The FAA and the National Safety Transportation Board will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents and incidents," the FAA stated.

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A teenager was forced to make an emergency landing while flying a banner plane in New Jersey on Monday, July 19, 2021. A plane is seen here flying on a clear day in this undated photo. Brendan Smialowski/Getty

The FAA also provided the plane's tail number, which showed that the aircraft was owned by Paramount Air Services, located in Rio Grande, New Jersey. Newsweek reached out to Paramount Air Services for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

According to WCAU News in Philadelphia, the pilot was identified by police as 18-year-old Landon Lucas.

WCAU News reported that Lucas reported issues with the plane's engine while flying near Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Lucas then released the plane's banner while flying above the ocean and was attempting to land in the Ocean City Municipal Airport. According to WCAU News, Lucas saw a gap in traffic on the Route 52 causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point and landed the plane on the road.

There was no damage reported to the plane and Lucas did not sustain any injures during the emergency landing, according to WCAU. There were also no injures reported among those driving on the Route 52 causeway when Lucas landed the plane.

Plane crash on Ocean City, New Jersey bridge. @6abc @CBSPhilly @FOX29philly #oceancity #nj pic.twitter.com/4V1FufkSvx

— Joey Richard (@ItsJoeyRichard) July 19, 2021

In a video posted to Twitter by user Joey Richard, the plane can be seen on the Route 52 causeway surrounded by police officers. The words "paramount" can be seen featured on the side of the plane.

"Plane crash on Ocean City, New Jersey bridge," Richard wrote in the tweet.

According to WCAU, the emergency landing prompted officials to close one lane of outbound traffic on the Route 52 causeway from Ocean City, New Jersey, while both inbound lanes remain open.

A similar incident occurred earlier this month in California when a flight instructor made an emergency landing on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles after reporting engine issues.

"The officer in command was able to take over and safely land the plane," California Highway Patrol officer Craig Martin said at a press conference after the incident.

Martin also said that officers were able to slow down vehicle traffic to allow the plane to make the emergency landing.

"The only thing we got was that the pilot was coming down low and fast, so we were able to get officers to slow down traffic," Martin said.