Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incident occurred December 18, 2014 in McIntosh County, Georgia

McIntosh County deputies patrolling Interstate 95 Thursday responded to a traffic call they are not likely to see again anytime soon when a small experimental airplane made an emergency landing on the ramp at exit 49. 

The pilot of the single engine aircraft, powered by a Honda-based motor, was experiencing problems he thought were related to a leaking fuel line when he touched down on the southbound exit ramp in Darien, said Maj. Ty Poppell of the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office.

When he first heard the call, Poppell said he envisioned a major traffic back up and possible injuries. But when he arrived on scene, he found just the opposite.

"(The pilot) was nice enough to taxi the plane off the road, so it didn't back up traffic," Poppell said.

Although traffic was not impeded, Poppell said there were plenty of rubber-neckers who slowed to take photos as they were exiting the interstate.

The pilot, who was not identified, was not injured and the plane was not damaged, he added.

Poppell said the pilot was on his way from central Florida to Walterboro, S.C., when the plane began having problems. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident and any potential problems with the plane.

The wings of the aircraft were removed and the plane was trailered to Brunswick where the FAA will examine it, Poppell said. 

No tickets or citations are expected to be issued by the sheriff's office, and Poppell was unsure what, if any, citations might be issued by the FAA.


MCINTOSH CO., GA (WTOC) - A plane made an emergency landing on I-95 Thursday morning.

McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup said the plane landed on the Exit 49 ramp of I-95 (Darien/Outlet Mall exit).

The pilot said he was at 3000 feet when he experienced engine failure. He landed safely on the southbound off-ramp and coasted into the grass in order to not block traffic.

There was no damage to the plane and no one was injured. The plane will have to be dismantled and put on a flatbed truck to be removed.

The FAA, McIntosh County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Public Safety will remain on scene until the plane can be removed. Traffic is not affected.

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