Small aircraft makes emergency touchdown on freeway


WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – A small aircraft made an emergency touchdown on Alligator Alley in West Broward.

Florida Freeway Patrol troopers responded to the scene alongside Interstate 75, close to Route 27, at round 10:15 a.m., Wednesday.

The only-engine Cessna 210 plane landed close to Mile Marker 25, simply west of the toll plaza.

The aircraft took off from Jupiter and was headed to Key West when pilot David Olin, who has 1,000 hours of flying expertise, stated the plane skilled engine bother. He tried to troubleshoot the problem, however the state of affairs worsened.

Olin stated he checked round for a close-by airport to land, however it was too far-off, so he landed the aircraft on I-75. No automobiles had been impacted throughout the touchdown as a result of Olin landed throughout a break in site visitors.

“It simply the entire sudden began to run tough,” Olin stated. “The engine simply lower out of nowhere. Checked the gas, checked the gas pumps, checked the tanks, checked all the things we might and it doesn’t matter what we tried, it was simply worse and worse. As we misplaced altitude, we figured on the market’s no different selection however to land on I-75. This was just about as anticipated — absolute best consequence.”

Olin and one other passenger had been on board the aircraft and weren’t injured within the emergency touchdown. He then pulled into the median to keep away from blocking site visitors.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene the place the plane could possibly be seen after it was moved to the aspect of the roadway.

FHP officers praised Olin for the best way he dealt with the emergency.

“He descended quickly to 2,500 ft, and the pilot did an impressive job touchdown the airplane on the aspect of the street southbound on I-75 on Alligator Alley,” FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes stated.

Olin stated though it was a fairly scary state of affairs, he was fairly nicely ready for it.

“I used to race skilled superbikes my entire life, so adrenaline, nerves, issues like that don’t actually hassle me,” Olin stated. “We’re educated. I had a fantastic ex-military pilot that taught me, this truly occurred to him twice, so this was a part of the coaching. ‘BOOM’ — your engine’s out, what do you do? That was just about a each day factor, so this was just about as anticipated.”

The aircraft has since been towed from the roadway, and site visitors was solely stopped when officers had been eradicating the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Nationwide Transportation Security Board are investigating the incident.

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