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Teenage pilot makes emergency landing in Caddo Parish

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CADDO PARISH, La. -

Miles O'Quinn, 18, takes to the sky Tuesday afternoon just 24 hours after he successfully piloted an emergency landing on the unfinished section on Interstate 49 near LA 169 in Caddo Parish.

O'Quinn and his passenger- a 17-year-old friend- were unharmed after the Cessna 172G's engine stopped about fifteen minutes after takeoff Monday night.

When his engine went dead in what's called the north practice area, O'Quinn looked around, saw this stretch of unfinished interstate, and followed the training from his instructor Gabriel Nelson.

It was incredible outcome- called a perfect emergency landing by other pilots- even if O'Quinn is too humble to admit it.

"I've responded to some other incidents, but those were primarily with injuries and damage to the aircraft," says Caddo Parish Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Bergren.

The fixed wing single-engine plane was rented from Royal Air, based out of Shreveport Downtown Airport. Federal Aviation Administration documents show the aircraft is registered to "TWOLEE LLC."

Royal Air declined to comment for the story.

The plane was last issued a certification March 18.

The mechanic who checked out the Cessna before O'Quinn's flight back to Shreveport said there was dirt in the fuel tank but was hesitant to give an exact cause for the engine problems.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff Office says no charges were filed against O'Quinn or Royal Air.

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