Sunday, September 16, 2012

Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, N2960L: Pilot lands on highway instead of at Grand Canyon Airport

A confused pilot landed his plane Sunday on southbound State Route 64 instead of the Grand Canyon Airport, to where it was later towed, officials said.

"The plane did not crash, simply landed on the highway,' the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in an email. "We now know this was not an emergency landing, simply a confused pilot who thought the highway was part of the airport."

The small plane blocked both lanes of the highway after its 2:40 p.m. landing near mile post 232 until DPS towed it into Grand Canyon Airport.

"There were no injuries or damage done," DPS said.

 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ – Department of Public Safety officials said a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a busy Arizona highway Sunday afternoon.

Officials said at approximately 2:40 p.m. crews were notified of a plane down on the southbound SR 64 at milepost 232.

DPS said the plane did not crash, but simply landed on the highway. The plane blocked both lanes of traffic while crews worked to tow it off the highway and take it to the Grand Canyon Airport.

Officials told ABC15, they are still investigating the reason for the landing. There were no injuries or damage reported.

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