Aspen Man Glides Plane to Safety After Propeller Falls Off

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Aspen, Colo. (AP) A pilot managed to land safely after the propeller fell off his plane and oil splattered on the windshield.

Barry Cox had to glide 8 miles and navigate without being able to see out the windshield before landing smoothly at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Wednesday.

Airport Manager David Ulane says Cox did a tremendous job. Cox, his daughter and two acquaintances were 10 minutes into a 110-mile flight to Denver International Airport in a single-engine Piper Malibu when oil splashed across the windshield and he heard a loud boom.

he managed to turn the plane around navigating through the side windows, then followed procedures he had studied and practiced through more than 30 years of flying.