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Watch this pilot nail an emergency landing on a busy NJ highway

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-16 12:20:11-04

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A pilot forced to make an emergency landing in New Jersey miraculously brought the small plane down safely on a busy highway.

The instructor from Skydive East Coast sky-diving school, Michael Barbato, lost power while transporting several students from the school on Sunday.

Video shows the Barbato flying in low above Route 72 near Route 9, rapidly catching up to the cars in front of him.  Dodging power lines and clipping a few road signs, the pilot managed not to damage a single car as he slipped between the two bustling roadways and onto the grassy median.

Coming from a sky-diving school, all six had parachutes -- but bailing from the plane wouldn't have worked out well, Barbato said.  "There was no chance that I was gonna be jumping out of that airplane because once you leave that airplane you have no control over where it goes."

The plane, a single-engine Cessna, suffered minor damage but the pilot was unharmed except for a cut to his arm.  The five passengers were not harmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating.