Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
City: SANTA FE
State: New Mexico
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A ROAD, 3.5 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT, SANTA FE, NM
A 55-year-old single-engine airplane made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon south of Santa Fe on East Frontage Road parallel to Interstate 25, temporarily closing traffic, authorities say.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William Pacheco said engine trouble forced the pilot to land the Beechcraft P35 on the two-lane strip of blacktop near the intersection of Corral Blanco Road at about 2:35 p.m.
Albuquerque resident Michael Keenan was flying the plane, Pacheco said.
No one was injured, and the incident closed traffic for only a few minutes before officials hauled the plane to the side of the road, Pacheco said.
Kevin Washburn, a 48-year-old University of New Mexico professor, was driving home to Albuquerque when he saw the plane grounded on East Frontage Road.
After returning home, he looked up the plane’s tail number on the Federal Aviation Administration’s database and learned it was manufactured in 1961. “Does that make it 55 years old?” he said in a phone interview Sunday evening. “That’s flying an antique.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the forced landing.
Several hours after the incident officials began towing the plane at a speed of about 8 miles an hour to the Santa Fe Regional Airport.
Original article can be found here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com
The four seat plane, registered to an Albuquerque owner, landed near the NM 599 Railrunner station.
Nobody was hurt.
It’s unclear how many people were on board or why the emergency landing was necessary in the first place.
Original article can be found here: http://krqe.com