>> I just remember getting jostled around, and it was really bumpy.>> 17-year-old student pilot Maggie Taraska will never forget her first solo flight. It was on takeoff from an airport in Beverly, Massachusetts, when she realized her plane had lost a wheel.>>
just said that your right main is now missing from the airplane.
It's fallen off the airplane. So your intentions?>> I'm a student pilot solo, yeah.>> We're gonna get some people out there to help you, okay?>> Okay.>> When you're comfortable, I may have you turn and to the left, and then for a left on runway 09.
Would that work for you?>> Yeah, that works.>> Maggie's instructor John Singleton tried to keep her relaxed.>> I could hear the stress in her voice. And just keep her calm and keep her focused on the flying.>> Maggie's father, Walter, who's also a pilot, rushed to the airport just in time for her textbook landing.
>> I saw Maggie coming on her approach. It was a better approach than I probably could have flown, and I've got more hours than she does, and she did a wonderful job>> Bad things happen all the time and it can't deter you from doing what you wanna do or doing what you love.