In a contender for the world’s most nervous pee, a student pilot on his first flying lesson urinated by the roadside moments after his instructor carried out an emergency landing on a busy highway.
Instructor Jim Williams said that when the Cessna’s engine failed, using Alabama’s Insterstate 20 as a landing strip was his only option, so “I dodged some traffic and a sign and managed to get it stopped."
The plane landed right in front of Freddie Carmichael and his family who were driving home from Georgia to Mississippi for Christmas and captured the moment on camera.
After telling her husband to pull over and check that everybody in the plane was OK, the concern of Mrs Carmichael’s wife turned to confusion as she saw the ponytailed student emerge from the plane and head straight for the roadside grass.
“Is he peeing?” she asked somewhat incredulously, before telling her son: “Close your eyes.”
Mr Carmichael later said he thought the Cessna’s right wing was going to clip one of the cars ahead of him during Saturday’s incident.
He told WSBTV: "The was one car, I think it was a Saturn. It obviously didn't see the plane, and I thought the right wing of the Cessna was going to clip it. I thought it was going to land on it."
Mr Williams, a flight instructor with 36 years’ experience, said the Cessna was about five miles from Talladega Airport when it started making strange noises and the engine failed.
He said: “I was out of options, and the interstate was the closest.”
He said that as he went in to land on the highway, what passed through his mind was “Probably everything that I had taught students for the last 36 years.
“And picking out a place for an emergency [landing]. And on an interstate, landing with the traffic instead of against the traffic. And everything seemed to work out good."
No cars were hit, and Mr Williams and his student were unharmed.
It was not immediately clear whether the student would be booking a second flying lesson.