Sunday, November 05, 2017

CubCrafters CC11-160, N531WJ: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 in Seminole County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

 Aircraft force landed on a highway.

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N531WJ
Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A pilot successfully landed on Interstate 4 Friday during rush hour after his plane engine died mid-flight, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue officials.

The plane, flying westbound, landed at 3:38 p.m. in the unopened eastbound lanes near the median of I-4 after the plane's Titan engine died. Only the pilot was on board and no one was injured, officials said.

The pilot sent a radio transmission to the Orlando Executive Airport tower saying the plane's engine died and he was going to set the aircraft down on the highway.

“She’s cutting in and out. I don’t know if we’re going to make it in,” the pilot said.

Orlando Executive cleared the plane for landing on runway 13, but moments later the pilot said the engine was done for.

“Our engine has completely died and we’re, uh, going to have to put it down right here on the side of the highway,” the pilot said. 

News 6 viewer Janet McCulloh sent in a video that showed the plane gliding down and landing where the express lanes start next to the median.

The plane came to a halt near the rest area at State Road 434, Fire Rescue officials said.

"We are arriving on scene. He is one lucky bastard," a helicopter pilot near the landing scene said. "He landed in the new pavement were the highways not open yet and he had his own private runway. He did a great job." 

According to, a website that tracks flight information, the fixed-wing single-engine plane was registered out of Boynton Beach.

The Florida Highway Patrol public information Officer Kim Montes said the plane flew from Boynton Beach to DeLand and was traveling to Orlando Executive Airport when the engine trouble started.

The plane will remain on I-4 as a distraction for the evening. Montes said the pilot would not be allowed to take off from the highway, will find a towing company to move the aircraft from the highway.

Montes said the portion of I-4 the pilot landed on was paved about a week ago as part of the Ultimate I-4 construction project.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the agency is investigating the incident. 

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LONGWOOD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A small plane has made an emergency landing on Interstate 4, just north of Orlando, Florida.

The plane lost power, according to Seminole County Fire Rescue, and the pilot had to bring the aircraft down near State Road 434 in Longwood.  
The fixed wing, single engine plane is registered to a Kenneth Heitz, of Boynton Beach, Florida.  It remained unclear if there were any passengers on board the aircraft, but authorities say no injuries were reported in the plane or on the ground. 

The Florida Highway Patrol says that the plane has landed on eastbound lanes of the road, along a section of pavement that had recently been constructed in the median, as part of the I-4 Ultimate widening project.  Eastbound and westbound lanes are open and moving slowly, but troopers are advising commuters to avoid the area. 

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