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Pilot Lands Safely After Propeller Falls Off

Engine missing a propellerA pilot managed to land safely after the propeller fell off his plane and oil splattered on the windshield.

Barry Cox had to glide 8 miles and navigate without being able to see out the windshield before landing smoothly at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Wednesday.

"(Cox) just did a tremendous job," the airport's assistant aviation director, David Ulane, said. "Not only did he land without a propeller, he wasn't able to see out the front...It's one of the more tremendous things I've seen."

Cox, his daughter and two acquaintances were 10 minutes into a 110-mile flight to Denver International Airport in a single-engine Piper Malibu when the oil splashed across the windshield and he heard a loud boom.

"I didn't know it at the time but that's when the propeller fell off," Cox said.

He managed to turn the plane around navigating through the side windows, then followed procedures he had studied and practiced through more than 30 years of flying.

The local fire and sheriff's departments were called to the airport, but Cox landed without incident before they arrived.

Video after the jump.

Source: Cbs4
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