FAA Flight Standards District Office: MILWAUKEE
AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND MADE EMERGENCY LANDING ON HIGHWAY. PILOT ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF FROM HIGHWAY AND CRASHED.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
PRAIRIE DU SAC – No one was injured Wednesday when a plane made an emergency landing on U.S. Highway 12 near the Sauk Prairie Airport.
At about 12:30 p.m., a southbound 1961 single-engine Cessna headed to the airport lost power over the Baraboo Bluffs, prompting the pilot to land unexpectedly. The plane touched down on Highway 12's southbound lanes near the intersection with Sauk County Highway Z.
The pilot, 69-year-old pilot Stephan L. Arnold of Madison, restored power after the landing and attempted to take off, but hit a road sign, causing the plane to cross the median and come to rest on the east side of U.S. 12 next to Sauk Prairie Cemetery. Arnold and his passenger were unhurt.
A pair of witnesses, Anthony Kirkus and wife Meg of Wisconsin Dells, were driving north on U.S. 12 when they saw the plane headed for their car’s windshield.
Kirkus said “the plane touched down right as we passed it going the other way, it was crazy.”
The plane did not show any outward signs of having a problem, aside from flying extremely low, Kirkus said. “Just before it landed, we saw this low-flying plane that almost hit a set of wires going across the highway,” Kirkus said. “It just missed that and then we said, ‘Well, this is definitely landing on Highway 12.’”
Deputies directed vehicles around the landing site Wednesday afternoon, temporarily slowing traffic on U.S. 12. The plane sustained moderate damage and was towed to the airport.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by several agencies, including Sauk City Fire, Sauk Prairie EMS, Sauk Prairie Police, the county Highway Department, the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
SAUK CITY, Wis. - The Sauk County Sheriff's Department said a plane made an emergency landing on U.S. Highway 12 just north of Sauk City on Wednesday afternoon.
Two people were in the aircraft when the plane made the landing just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department. No injuries were reported.
A sheriff's chief deputy told News 3 that the plane had taken off from the Sauk-Prairie Airport in Prairie Du Sac.
The pilot, a Madison man, told deputies he lost power and landed on the road. When he regained power, he tried to take off again and hit a sign post, the official said. There was some damage to the plane, which was being towed back to the airport Wednesday afternoon.
The highway where the plane landed is just north of an airport outside of Sauk City.
A stretch of Highway 12 was closed briefly after the landing but was reopen before about 1 p.m., officials said.
Anthony Kirkus was driving, his wife, Meg, was in the passenger seat, and an airplane was headed for their car's windshield.
This was Wednesday just after noon as the couple was driving north on Highway 12 near Highway Z outside of Prairie Du Sac, adjacent to Sauk Prairie Airport and a cemetery.
"The plane touched down right as we passed it going the other way. It was crazy," said Kirkus, who lives in Wisconsin Dells.
Stephen L. Arnold, of Madison, was operating the 1960 single-engine Cessna when the plane lost power, prompting the emergency landing, the Sauk County Sheriff's Office said. Arnold and a passenger were not injured, the Sheriff's Office said.
"Just before it landed, we saw this low-flying plane that almost hit a set of wires going across the highway," Kirkus said. "It just missed that and then we said, 'Well, this is definitely landing on Highway 12.'"
"It was coming straight at us, and I thought a little optimistically that it was going to land nearby because it was not really lining up with us and then it came down," he said.
Arnold, 69, attempted to take off from the highway after the plane regained power, the Sheriff's Office said. But the aircraft struck a road sign, sending it over the median before stopping on the east side of the highway.
The moderately damaged plane was towed to the nearby airport, the Sheriff's Office said.