Chienwen Liu, 39, rented the Cessna 152 in Anchorage and flew with a passenger, Fang Lin, 37, to Talkeetna Tuesday afternoon, troopers said. Liu told troopers that about 10 minutes into their flight back to Anchorage, the plane's engine quit. Liu could not restart the engine and decided to land on the highway, near Mile 94.5, troopers said.
A witness called 911 about 6:40 p.m., and troopers found the plane and its occupants in a highway pullout. Liu and Lin were uninjured, and the plane was not damaged, troopers said.
Inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration drove north from Anchorage on Wednesday to check the plane's engine, according to Clint Johnson, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. Because there were no injuries or damage reported, the NTSB does not plan to investigate the incident, Johnson said.
Johnson said the plane had been rented from Take Flight Alaska, an Anchorage-based air tour, charter and flight instruction service.
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IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 48787 Make/Model: C152 Description: 152, A152, Aerobat Date: 11/21/2012 Time: 0400 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: None LOCATION City: TALKEETNA State: AK Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR TALKEETNA, AK INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Pass: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Pleasure Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: ANCHORAGE, AK (AL03) Entry date: 11/21/2012