Friday, July 28, 2017

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N73524: Incident occurred July 28, 2017 in Helena, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aircraft force landed on a highway.

Date: 28-JUL-17
Time: 19:25:00Z
Regis#: N73524
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

HELENA -  A small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 15 north of Helena on Friday.

Dispatchers received reports of a Cessna 172 having engine trouble just before 1:30 p.m.

The pilot brought the plane down safely near mile marker 211 in the northbound lanes about two miles north of the Gates Of The Mountains exit.

Two people were on board when the plane landed - a student pilot and an instructor. Neither one was injured.

A mechanic from the Helena airport was dispatched to examine the plane and a faulty throttle cable was determined to be the problem.

The Montana Highway Patrol and Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

A small airplane made an emergency landing on Interstate 15 north of Helena after experiencing a mechanical error Friday afternoon. 

After a throttle cable broke during a training flight from Helena, officials said, the trainer got the attention of a semi-truck driver by flying directly above the vehicle. The truck then slowed down, allowing the plane to land in front of it near the Sieben exit about 25 miles north of Helena.

Two people were on board the 1976 single-engine Cessna, and no injuries were reported.

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