Dante's -- Portland

Sam Riggs

Sam Riggs

Sam Riggs was flying a single-engine plane from Austin, Texas, to San Angelo in the spring of 2017 when he heard the oddest sound: Nothing. Catastrophic engine failure. He’d lost all power, and had about 6,500 feet to figure out how to escape a potentially fatal problem.

“There was,” he admits, “a moment of panic, a moment that felt very surreal.”