On December 26, 1965, a 19-year-old pilot from The Bronx named Philip Ippolito made a successful emergency landing on the top level of the George Washington Bridge.
As the plane approached the bridge, the engine had completely conked out. Battling wind gusts of up to 28 miles per hour, Ippolito banked the plane to the left, weaving it successfully through the bridge’s suspension cables, each 89 feet apart, and headed towards New Jersey as he descended to the bridge’s roadway.
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