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Children Gather on the Side of an Alaska Road to Witness Rare Event: ‘I’ve Got to Watch This!’


"I wonder what the guys on the road are thinking!"

A small plane that made an emergency landing on an Alaska road Sunday afternoon managed to take off Monday on a road in front of a school — all while an audience of very excited children stood by watching.

According to KTUU-TV, the small plane carrying two people landed after experiencing engine problems. It was destined for the nearby city of Soldotna.

The pilot, Robbie Smithwick, eventually was successful in repairing the Taylorcraft BC-12 single-engine aircraft and used a road in front of a school as a makeshift runway.

Dozens of students gathered on the side of the road to watch the plane take off and the entire incident was captured on camera and later posted online.

"I wonder what the guys on the road are thinking!" one child can be heard saying in the background.

"I've got to watch this!" echoed another.

Moments later, the footage appears to show the small plane successfully going airborne and taking off.

According to KTUU, the pilot denied an interview request.

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