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Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing On California Freeway

A Southern Californian freeway turned into a makeshift runway as a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing, narrowly missing cars that were driving along.

Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing On California Freeway

According to the New York Post, the plane, which had a student pilot on board, made the landing in the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 in El Cajon on Friday morning after reporting engine trouble.


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Authorities said that the single-engine Piper was carrying a 25-year-old pilot and a 36-year-old student.

Well, one thing's for sure, that would be us never flying again.

The California Highway Patrol says the instructor landed the plane and footage taken by a motorist on the freeway shows the aircraft gliding down between cars and rolling along two lanes. Like you do.

The pilot and student pushed the plane to the freeway shoulder to avoid blocking traffic.


According to ABC News, the student was attempting to land at a nearby airport when officials say the plane 'suddenly lost power'.

Travis Garrow, California Highway Patrol Officer, told ABC News: "They knew they weren't going to make it to the airport. So the next course of action was to try and put it down on the Interstate."

The pilot found a break in the traffic and luckily landed without running into any cars.

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Credit: ViralHog

This isn't the first time a pilot has had to contend with a tricky landing. Just days ago Storm Callum was causing havoc for pilots across the UK.

Planes were grounded but one managed to make it into the air before coming right back down again.

Due to strong winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport on 12 October, the pilot of a TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft had to land the plane sideways.

Posting the footage on his YouTube channel, UK-based MrAviationGuy explained: "Strong winds blowing directly across the runway at Bristol Airport on the 12th October 2018 due to Storm Callum caused this TUI Airways Boeing 757-200 aircraft to come in nearly sideways.

"Aircraft need to compensate for the crosswind otherwise they will be blown off course, they do this by pointing their nose into the direction the wind is coming from, demonstrated perfectly by this crew."

The YouTuber, who regularly films aviation videos, added: "It is always fascinating to watch planes landing in strong crosswinds; the power of mother nature vs the skill and professionalism of the brilliant airline pilots."

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