Small plane lands on Arizona freeway; no one hurt

AP News
|
Posted: Nov 12, 2014 10:37 AM

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A small plane reporting mechanical trouble made an emergency landing on a highway in south-central Arizona, but none of the three people aboard were injured.

Authorities said the pilot landed on Interstate 8 southwest of Phoenix on Tuesday night after sending a "mayday" distress message to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot, his wife and their 10-year-old daughter were not injured.

Responding officers found the plane on the side of the highway, with one wing protruding into a traffic lane by about 6 feet.

The aircraft was able to taxi a few miles down the freeway with a police escort to a clearing where it will remain until a mechanic can check it out.

A section of the highway partially reopened several hours after the forced landing.