Plane Lands on California Highway

Instructor has to bring small aircraft down just a few minutes after takeoff
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2013 5:59 AM CDT
A small plane landed on an expressway during the morning commute.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A small plane took off from an airport near a San Jose-area expressway yesterday—and three minutes later, it had to land on the road amid morning commuters. Fortunately, the whole thing happened safely: "There wasn't even a scratch," the owner of the flight school in charge of the plane tells the Mercury News. The plane's single engine wasn't generating the power necessary for the climb, so a flight teacher took over the controls and brought it down on the Capitol Expressway just before 8am.

"It required some skill on (the pilot's) part," a police official tells AP. "We're just thankful nobody got injured." The pilot ended up pulling over into a right-hand turn lane, and it helped that cars were stopped thanks to a red light. Final note: The Mercury News checked in with an FAA official about the incident, but the paper got a message that he was "not in the office due to a lapse in federal funding."

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