Pilot makes emergency landing near highway; no injuries
SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida road became an impromptu landing strip after a plane encountered engine trouble and a pilot was forced to wing it.
It's not what you're typically used to seeing on the side of the road but a plane landed on northbound US-27 just south of Griffin Road in Southwest Ranches.
Crews dismantled the wings off of the plane to try and remove it from the area.
The pilot was headed to Seabring from Opa-Locka Airport when he had engine problems and had to make an emergency landing.
The exact cause of the engine failure isn't clear yet.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said the accident happened at around 8 a.m. and the Cessna was in flight for less than an hour.
A salvage company made it out a few hours later and began dismantling the plane which caused some back ups for travelers on the road.
Witnesses said they were extremely surprised to see the plane on the road. "I saw a plane sitting on 27th which I thought was kind of odd," said Bill Power. "You know, you see bikes but you don't normally expect to see an airplane sitting on a highway."
The FAA is investigating.
There was only one person inside the plane at the time of the accident. No one was injured.
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