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Emergency landing of a plane in Villejuif: the incredible composure of the pilot
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Published on 09/12/2023 8:37 p.m.

Update 09/12/2023 9:45 p.m.


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France 2 – D. Olliéric, O. Longueval, C. Theophilos, M. Delrue, @RevelateursFTV; L. Feuillebois

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Some will call it a small miracle, a formula that deserves to be corrected given the talent and composure of the 82-year-old pilot. He had to deal with the failure of two engines of his plane and tried to land in a district of Villejuif (Val-de-Marne).

The image will go down in the annals of airliner accidents. A twin-engine plane flew over Villejuif (Val-de-Marne) before making an emergency landing, ending up against the wall of a garage in the courtyard of a residential building. The instructor and the two students emerged unscathed from the dislocated plane, injured but alive, a miracle.

The pilot’s name is Jean-Pierre Trimaille, he is 82 years old and has 40,000 flight hours under his belt. “ We have the right engine which started to lose power, the trainee thought it was me who was broken down, since I spend my time causing breakdowns in planes. And the second engine also started losing power. »he said.

A “pride” of having saved lives

“ I spotted this platform and we headed towards it. As luck would have it, the right wing hit an element of the building and caused the plane to turn, which stopped against a low wall and absorbed all the kinetic energy that would have fatally killed us if we had taken the wall. confront», added the pilot. It’s a ” pride» for him for saving lives. Accident management could enrich the future training of young pilots.

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