Pilot credits military experience in keeping nerves at bay in emergency landing

Fast-acting pilot Rodney McKnight, Jr. says nerves did not play a factor in an emergency landing he had to make on a Mississippi interstate.
Fast-acting pilot Rodney McKnight, Jr. says nerves did not play a factor in an emergency landing he had to make on a Mississippi interstate.

AUBURN, Ala. – A quick-thinking pilot says nerves did not play a factor in an emergency landing he had to make on a Mississippi interstate. Rodney McKnight, Jr. took off from Auburn and was forced to make other plans when the engine of his Cessna 150 stalled at 3,500 ft.

McKnight, 24, made the decision to land the plane on a Mississippi freeway. News 3 was the only local station to catch up with the fast-acting pilot Tuesday. He says he was able to stay calm an collected, allowing him to land the plane safely. McKnight tells News 3 prior military experience made all the difference in the impromptu event.

Fast-acting pilot Rodney McKnight, Jr. says nerves did not play a factor in an emergency landing he had to make on a Mississippi interstate.
Fast-acting pilot Rodney McKnight, Jr. says nerves did not play a factor in an emergency landing he had to make on a Mississippi interstate.

“I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t nervous. I credit my maturity and being able to maintain bearing mostly because of the Marine Corps,” McKnight said. “I have been in situations that I had to think and use critical thinking skills under pressure, and it directly affects the safety of people.”

The pilot and his passenger walked away unscathed. No drivers or any others were hurt in the emergency landing.

 

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