Plane makes emergency landing on freeway

U.S. & World

A small plane made an emergency landing on a California freeway today.

Authorities say a student pilot was at the controls when the aircraft started to lose power.

The instructor took over but knew he would not be able to reach the airport and chose to make a hard landing on Interstate-8.

The California Highway Patrol stresses this was not a crash. Both people on board were not injured, officials said.

A CHP spokesman says it’s miraculous that the plane didn’t hit any vehicles or any other objects along the interstate.

The plane will remain on the freeway until the FAA can inspect it.

It’s possible they may need to remove the wings to move the aircraft.

“I’d say it’s a miracle that they didn’t hit anything. Not only did they not hit any cars, there’s power lines back there… there’s the overhead signs that are back there. So for them to make that landing and have nobody else involved in it, it’s pretty much a miracle,” Officer Travis Garrow said.

Garrow continued: “From what I understand is the student had control of the plane. It started to lose power at some point, as they were coming down their approach for the airport, at which time the instructor took over the controls of the plane. He stated that he knew they weren’t gonna make it to the airport so his next course of action was to try to put it down here on the interstate.”

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