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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a Neshoba County highway Friday.
According to Sheriff Tommy Waddell, the plane flew into Philadelphia, Miss. from Louisiana for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The plane held the pilot and one passenger.
They were expected to leave Mississippi around noon Friday to head to Alabama to pick up some friends.
Sheriff Waddell said shortly after they took off, they started having engine problems and attempted to return to the Philadelphia airport.
Someone from the North Bend community near Highway 21 spotted the plane that appeared to be having issues and alerted the sheriff’s department.
A few minutes later, Waddell said they received another call that the plane landed on a highway about a mile and a half outside of Philadelphia.
The single-engine plane landed on Highway 21 North near the intersection of County Road 614.
Sheriff Waddell said the pilot hit two road signs trying to land the plane and damaged the right wing.
No injuries were reported.
Philadelphia Airport under construction:
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia Municipal Airport is undergoing renovations. It's receiving a $900,000 upgrade.
"For a small town, we have a good airport," says Mayor James Young. "Now we will have that next piece that will make you feel like you somewhere when you land in Philadelphia."
The terminal was nearly 50 years old and it had renovations throughout the years.
"We did an upgrade on our runway around 2002," says Brent Gray, Chairman of Philadelphia Municipal Airport board. "We expanded it from 3800×50 to 5000×75 ft to accommodate traffic into the casino, as well as the industrial traffic here, for the companies located in Philadelphia."
With the airport seeing more and more traffic each year Mayor Young says it was time for an upgrade.
"It's one of the gateways to our community. We wanted them to step off and see something real nice and that building will be a first impression to our city."
The new terminal will be 2,800 sq. ft. It will have a conference room, lounge, waiting area and a briefing room for pilots.
"And it will also house the fixed base operator that takes care of the incoming aircraft," says Gray.
The project is in the beginning stages. There's no set timeline for when the new terminal will be completed.
Philadelphia Municipal Airport is one of twelve Mississippi airports to receive part of a $4 million grant from the Department of Transportation to upgrade facilities. The project is costing around $900,000 dollars with the city expending 9.1 percent coming out to about $80,000.
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