WATCH: Fighter pilot makes ‘amazing’ landing with broken gear

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jun 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-27 11:04:31-04

USS BATAAN –  The crew aboard the USS Bataan had to think fast when the pilot of a AV-8B Harrier realized his landing gear was not working properly.

“I took off and as I was climbing away from the deck I put my gear up and realized I had a gear malfunction,” U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney said. “I immediately pulled the power back, slowed the aircraft down so I would not over speed the landing gear and then just went above the ship.”

While above the ship Mahoney and others came up with a plan to land safely back on the Bataan. They ended up using what Mahoney called an “amazing invention.” It took some pretty great piloting too.

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