Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Crowded California Highway

A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 5 in San Diego, California, on August 24, causing traffic delays and road closures throughout the area, officials said.

The airplane, a single-engine Piper PA-32, was coming from Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego and originally attempted to land in a nearby field but was unable to do so, according to KSWB-TV.

The plane clipped four vehicles on its way down, KGTV reported, and scattered fuel and debris across the interstate before coming to a stop with its nose at the center median.

Several motorists in the vehicles that were hit were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries, but the plane’s pilot and passenger were unharmed, according to KGTV.

This footage shows the plane descending onto the crowded highway and crashing among the cars below, spewing fuel into the air, then sliding into the median.

After approximately four hours of lane closures, officials managed to have the plane and debris safely removed from the freeway, and the road was fully reopened, KNSD reported. Credit: Ian Dyer via Storyful

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