A flight instructor acted “beyond belief” when his plane’s engine seized and he had to make an emergency landing north of Sault Ste. Marie on April 9, according to an April 12 report in The Sault Star.
Terry Bosman was flying with a student during a flight lesson in a Cessna 152 operated by Soo Aviation. The pair was returning to the airport when the engine “quit” as the two men were flying at an estimated altitude of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, Soo Aviation president Sasha Pejic told the newspaper.
Bosman quickly made mayday calls to the control tower and to Sault College, which has a hangar at the airport, prepared his student for what was coming, and landed on a frozen field. A wing hit a tree and the propeller was damaged, but the pair escaped injury. Pejic did not name the student.
Bosman is a 2008 graduate of Sault College’s aviation technology flight program. He started flying with Soo Aviation in the fall of 2008. After discussing the incident with other pilots with “many years” experience, “we were wondering if we would be able to do the same thing,” Pejic said. “The way he brought it down is just beyond belief.” Pejic would not speculate on what may have happened with the plane’s engine.