Imagine flying solo when you’re a student pilot–it has to be pretty stressful. Now imagine the stress if your landing gear doesn’t open.

Most of us remember how stressful it was learning to drive and we can probably imagine that multiplied a bit learning how to fly. Then think of flying solo, with an instructor watching from the ground and talking in your ear. Now think about coming in for a landing and the failure light coming on, telling you that your landing gear will not open.

That’s exactly what happened to Maggie Taraska, a 17-year-old student pilot who was flying solo and was told half of her landing gear was missing so she had to attempt a skid landing and hope it went okay.

Watch this amazing video and share your thoughts about this young woman’s courage in the comment section.

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