Airplane makes emergency landing onto freeway after experiencing ‘mechanical issues’

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A single engine airplane made an emergency landing on the southbound lanes of I-15 in Riverdale, Utah, Saturday morning.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, a student was conducting touch and go exercises with an instructor when they experienced mechanical issues and the aircraft lost power, Fox 13 reported.

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No injuries were reported in the airplane or on the ground.

 (Fox 13)

“They experienced some mechanical problems with the airplane,” said Sgt. John Ely of Utah Highway Patrol to Fox 13. “The flight instructor took control of the airplane and she’s the one that landed it on the interstate.”

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The plane was forced to land on the interstate just before 8 a.m. No injuries were reported in the aircraft or on the ground.

“After takeoff we were not climbing and we started to descend and so we did emergency gear down and hit the runway… uh, not the runway I hit the road,” the pilot said in a recording to the control tower at Ogden-Hinckley Airport in nearby Ogden.

Officers said the plane collided with one vehicle on the ground, but injuries were not reported.

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The plane was towed from the scene in good condition.

 (Fox 13)

The pilot can be heard in the recording to the Ogden airport asking for help as they make the emergency landing.

“…the freeway, going down,” the pilot said in the recording. “Now we’re on the freeway… we’re going to need some help getting off the freeway.”

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Right lanes of the freeway were closed immediately following the incident.

Highway Patrol reported the plane was taken back to the airport in good condition, Fox 13 wrote.



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