Friday, October 20, 2017

Cessna 172: Incident occurred October 18, 2017 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

A small plane has made an emergency landing approximately 50 kilometres north of Prince George on Highway 97.

Police say the pilot called 911 to ask for assistance to block the highway while the landing was made. 

The pilot maneuvered the aircraft off the highway to keep the road open. 

There are no injuries reported.

It’s believed the incident occurred over the lunch hour. 

DriveBC tweeted it out at 12:48pm, warning drivers not to be surprised by the sight of the plane near the road.

RCMP say the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the incident.

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A private airplane that was forced to ditch on the Hart Highway north of Prince George is causing a visual distraction for motorists this afternoon.

Cpl. Craig Douglass with the Prince George RCMP said that the pilot called 911 at around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to report that he’d been forced to make an emergency landing on Highway 97 roughly 50 kilometres north of Prince George because of bad weather. 

Cpl. Douglass explained that the pilot was uninjured, and requested police assistance to block the highway so that he could take off once again.

Cpl. Douglass said that, likely due to continued bad weather, the pilot has not been able to take off, and has moved his Cessna 172 off of the highway so that it is not blocking traffic. He added that the RCMP’s involvement in the case has concluded for the time being, unless the pilot calls to request police involvement in closing the highway for another takeoff attempt.

Cpl. Douglass explained that the aircraft is largely serving a visual distraction near Summit Lake on Highway 97, but travel on the highway is otherwise normal.

At this point, there’s no word on when the aircraft will be removed from the side of the highway.

Original article can be found here ➤

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