Saturday, August 04, 2018

Cessna 172N, N75575: Incident occurred August 02, 2018 in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. -  A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of I-94 in Billings.

It happened around 8:45 pm Thursday, when the Montana Highway Patrol says a pilot radioed Billings Logan International Airport indicating he was experiencing difficulty with his Cessna 172N.

The pilot said there were four adult passengers on board, and he needed to make an emergency landing on the interstate.

Montana Highway Patrol was alerted and took measures to shut down a section of I-94 between mile marker two and three in the westbound lanes. The male pilot, who appeared to be in his sixties, did not want to be identified.

The pilot was able to pull the plane off to the right side of the interstate.

MHP Trooper Chase tells us westbound traffic was moved to the left lane. All four people exited the plane with no injuries.

The pilot said they were flying to Laurel.

The pilot says he wasn't sure if the plane ran out of gas or if there was a mechanical problem.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small airplane was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 94 east of Billings Thursday night.

The Cessna 172 was seen parked next to the highway as emergency personnel secured the scene. No injuries were reported by law enforcement, and the plane appeared unscathed by the incident.

Lieutenant Dan Paris with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office said that a Montana-based pilot flying westbound with 3 passengers radioed that he was having problems and would need to make an emergency landing on the highway. Authorities could not say if the plane was experiencing mechanical problems or had run out of fuel.

At around 8:40 p.m., the plane landed on the interstate in a westbound lane between mile markers 2 and 3, and pulled onto the north side of the road. As of 10 p.m., the plane was still blocking one lane of westbound traffic.

Paris said the plan is to get the plane on a flatbed trailer and off the highway as soon as possible. The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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