Plane makes emergency landing on US 395

Plane makes emergency landing on US 395

Credit: Civil Air Patrol

Plane makes emergency landing on US 395

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 9:20 AM

PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration says a light plane with two people aboard landed Friday night on U.S. Highway 395 north of Pasco in south-central Washington.
 
The pilot and passenger were reported unhurt and the plane did not hit any vehicles.
 
FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email that the pilot of the Cessna 182 declared an emergency due to engine failure.
 
The plane suffered minor damage to its landing gear.
 
The Washington State Patrol identified the pilot as 63-year-old John Townsley of Spokane. The patrol said the plane was flying from Richland to Spokane when it lost power.
 
A State Patrol dispatcher in Yakima said one southbound highway lane was blocked late Friday night but traffic was getting by. He said the plan was to tow the plane several miles to a wider spot on the highway shoulder until it could be removed.
 
Saturday morning, with the assistance of law enforcement, the disabled plane was towed by a CAP aircraft safety team to the Eltopia exit off the freeway, and was stationed safely in a dirt parking lot. Members of the Yakima Civil Air Patrol CAP Squadron remained on scene.  The CAP personnel planned to remove the wings and put the plane on a trailer to bring it to the Tri-Cities Airport to begin the official investigation into what caused the engine to stop.

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