Aircraft force landed on a highway.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
BOWDOINHAM (WGME) -- A plane force landed on I-295 Tuesday morning. The pilot and his passenger walked away without serious injuries.
It happened near Exit 37 in Bowdoinham.
The FAA says the pilot of the 1947 Cessna used the highway as an emergency landing strip after he experienced an engine related problem during his flight, but luckily he and his passenger escaped with minor injuries
Maine State Police say the pilot, John Gayley of Bowdoin, suffered facial injuries and was taken to Maine Medical Center.
His passenger, Rodney Voisene of Bowdoin, has a minor injury to an arm and was taken to a local hospital to be checked.
Maine State Police say the plane made the emergency landing around 10:15 a.m.
Gayley had taken off from Twitchell airport and the engine stalled when he attempted to switch fuel tanks, according to officials.
Police say Gayley landed the plane in the southbound lane, against traffic, and the plane then veered into the guardrail, along the breakdown lane.
One vehicle had to swerve to avoid the plane as it landed.
The crash also caused the plane to start leaking fuel, which crews are working to clean up.
A wrecker will remove the plane from the road Tuesday afternoon. Southbound traffic will be disrupted during that time.
The FAA says they are investigating the cause of the crash.
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