Pilot Credited With Saving Lives After Emergency Landing

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

A native of Omaha is being credited for saving six people's lives after performing an emergency landing in Michigan.

Monday morning Captain Nicolas Rotschafer was flying a single engine plane from Mackinac Island to St. Ignace, Michigan. He had two adults, two children, and one infant on board when the engine went out.

He told WOWT 6 News his training immediately kicked in, not fear. "Danger is very real, but fear is just a choice and pilots are trained not to focus on the fear of the unknown but what can you do to solve the problem."

Captain Rotschafer was able to safely glide the plane to a landing on a lake where he knew the ice would be the thickest. He called in for rescuers on snowmobiles to come and get them.

Authorities are currently investigating what caused the engine to go out.

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