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Teen Pilot Makes Successful Emergency Landing



    Teen Pilot Speaks After Landing Plane Without Wheel

    A teenage pilot is speaking out after successfully landing a plane without a wheel Sunday at an airport in Beverly, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 10, 2018)

    Authorities say a 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo flight executed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during takeoff.

    The pilot, identified as Maggie Taraska, of Gloucester, took off from Beverly Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

    The Federal Aviation Administration says soon after takeoff, the pilot of the single-engine, fixed-wing plane reported losing her right main wheel assembly.

    "I was terrified and I was hoping for the best," Taraska said Monday. "As soon as I took off, basically I heard something and felt something was wrong instinctively."

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Taraska's instructor on the ground, John Singleton, talked her through the proper technique for an emergency landing.

    "You could hear the stress in her voice. My only objective was to keep her calm and keep her focused," said Singleton

    As Singleton spoke with her, Taraska became more confident that she could actually land the plane.

    "Hearing people not panic like I was panicking was a reassuring sign, I guess," said Taraska.

    With just over 60 hours of flight time, the Manchester-Essex High School senior successfully landed at about 5:45 p.m.

    "I just remember getting jostled around, it was really bumpy and then hitting the grass and then signs and then the taxiway and then more grass and I was just thinking, 'It's going to stop, it has to stop,'" Taraska recalled.

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Although the plane suffered some damage, Taraska was not hurt.

    She says the incident will not deter her from flying and she hopes to become a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

    The FAA is investigating the incident.

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