By: Dan Dennison
(KHNL) - Veteran Oahu Realtor Julie Coelho is not surprised by the actions of her son. 34-year old Robert "Sam" Robertson crash landed his vintage, twin-engine cargo plane on the side of a jammed South Florida freeway on Friday afternoon. He currently is in a Ft. Lauderdale hospital intensive care unit, where his mom says he is very, very sick.
Images of the dramatic aftermath of the crash have been printed and broadcast nationally. Robertson was trapped in the pilot's seat as firefighters foamed the wreckage down and then used special equipment to free him from the "decapitated" fuselage.
In an exclusive interview with KHNL News 8 in Honolulu, Coelho says, "we are very hopeful that he's going to come out of this just the way he went in". She says he had the presence of mind, despite excruciating pain, to tell emergency room doctors and nurses his mother's name and phone number. Coelho and one of her sisters departed for Florida as soon as they got the call.