By LEAH WANKUM
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – A UCM student pilot and his instructor made a safe emergency landing Friday morning at Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport.
The emergency landing occurred at approximately 9:53 a.m. during a routine training flight. Tony Monetti, assistant dean of aviation, said the flight instructor, Paul Youmans, assumed full control of the aircraft and landed it safely on the ground.
There were no injuries or damage to the aircraft, according to Jeff Murphy, assistant director for media relations at UCM.
“One of the throttles got stuck in full power, and they couldn’t control the throttle anymore,” Monetti said. “It was a little nerve-wracking for the pilots, but they’ve had experience with stuff like that before. They were able to land the airplane safely by cutting the power.”
Monetti said student pilots train for these situations.
“We fly the way we train,” he said. “We train the way we fly.”
He said the student pilot trained for this type of incident last week.
“Now all of a sudden he had to do it for real,” Monetti said. “Nothing happened, thank God.”
The university-owned airport is located four miles west of Warrensburg.