A teen pilot miraculously walked away unharmed after an emergency landing at a south metro Atlanta area golf course.
After the photo of 17-year-old Sierra at her impromptu landing spot at Planterra Ridge Golf Club was posted on Wednesday by the Peachtree City Police Department/Peachtree City Fire Rescue on its official, public Facebook page, the young aviator's mom, Steph Lund, provided details:
"Hi! This is Sierra's relieved and very proud mom. Sierra was in the process of completing one of her solo cross countries which is a requirement for student pilots. After take off the engine went out and she had to make an emergency landing. So thankful for her amazing instructor who taught her how to pilot the airplane in a situation like this. As a parent of a student pilot you often wonder if your child will stay calm and recall what she has been trained to do. Happy to report Sierra did just that! I am also so thankful for everyone's kind comments, her support and family at # falconfield , and to the PTC police and fire that responded so quickly. Side note: Never underestimate this rising generation! So many of them are doing amazing things!!!"
Lund added on Thursday that Sierra's harrowing ordeal wouldn't keep her out of the sky:
"The first thing she said when her dad arrived was, " I need to finish my cross country!" This did not shake her confidence and she will be back up today."