(June 30, 2014) – A pilot made an incredible landing after his landing gear malfunctioned earlier this month.
The Marine Corps released video of the impressive feat, which happened June 7 on the deck of the USS Bataan. The pilot, Capt. William Mahoney, said the landing gear on his AV-8B Harrier malfunctioned, leaving him no choice but to improvise.
A colleague in the tower suggested that Mahoney put the plane’s nose down on the stool. The pilot couldn’t see the stool as he descended, but made it work.
Mahoney is deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., which is traveling at sea with the U.S. Navy on the Bataan and two other ships.