92-Year-Old Pilot Makes Emergency Landing at St. Pete Airport

Watch as the small private plane belly flops and skids to a stop at the Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg.

This 92-year-old private pilot skillfully landed his small plane with a thud after the landing gear failed to open.

The belly flop and crash landing were caught on video at the small St. Petersburg airport. Watch as the elderly pilot gainfully climbs out of the cockpit and hugs his wife, as firefighters show up at the scene.

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Bill Stokes April 20, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I'm all for senior rights since I have been one for years but 92 is pretty extreme for an active pilot's license.
Becky Sankner April 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I thought that landing was beautiful, and I think the pilot was perfectly capable.. Congratulations, Mr. Van Kesteren. (it's hard sometimes to affix limitations to age, I think, because it tends to affect each of us in different ways.)
Jerry Kendall April 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM
What a great job for a pilot of any age. No one could have done any better.
Joe Vulgamore April 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Just to let you know, Bill, Van is retired Air Force, flown most everything and in the recent past, has been FAA certified single-pilot jet rated. We could all wish for such good health and mental fitness. Joe Vulgamore
Really? April 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Van Is considered one of the most respected and accomplished pilots at Albert Whitted airfield ! He is an aviation innovator and can fly better than most people can walk ! He has been a long time supporter of the airfield and St Petersburg and anyone who would question his abilities or reverence for safety is clueless !!!


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