The Latest: An emergency landing with assist from motorists

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Posted: May 30, 2016 5:18 PM

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane's emergency landing in south Mississippi on Interstate 10 (all times local):

4 p.m.

The pilot of a small airplane that landed on Interstate 10 in south Mississippi said he lost power as he was approaching Gulfport and didn't have enough altitude to try to glide back to Mobile.

Rodney McKnight Jr. told reporters at the scene near Biloxi that he took off from Auburn, Alabama, and planned to spend Memorial Day in Gulfport when the single-engine plane developed problems.

A motorist who witnessed the landing told WLOX-TV that the pilot was able to effectively signal to motorists using up and down movements that he needed to land. Sarah Washburn said drivers slowed down and McKnight landed the plane down on the highway and was able to guide it off the road.

No injuries were reported.

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2:30 p.m.

A single-engine airplane has made an emergency landing on Interstate 10 in south Mississippi's Jackson County.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos tells The Associated Press the landing is believed to have occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes of I-10, near Biloxi. No injuries were reported.

The landing happened near Mile Marker 48 between the heavily traveled D'Iberville and Ocean Springs exits. Poulos said troopers were directing traffic and awaiting Federal Aviation Administration officials. He said the pilot, whose name has not been released, reported losing power.

The plane did not strike any vehicles and the pilot was able to maneuver it over to the shoulder.

Poulos said all lanes of the interstate were open but traffic was moving slowly with drivers slowing down to look at the plane.