By: WBRZ Staff

GONZALES – A pilot walked away unharmed after they were forced to make an emergency landing in a canal Thursday morning. 

The Gonzales Police Department said the plane went down after experiencing engine failure. It made a controlled safe landing near the River Parishes Community College. 

The pilot was able to deploy the plane’s parachute, and coast to a safe landing. 

“People think that when you lose an engine, it’s certain death, but it’s not always that way. Even without a parachute you can fly, we’re taught to fly the plane all the way to the ground. That usually works best,” said Calvin Emery, a bystander. 

The FAA is investigating this incident.