Friday, October 19, 2018

Piper PA-28-161, N8125Y: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 near Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Landed on a highway.

So Cal Leasing LLC 

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 18:20:00Z
Regis#: N8125Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A plane made an emergency landing Friday on westbound Interstate 8, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 36-year-old student pilot and 25-year-old instructor from California Flight Academy were above El Cajon and had engine trouble about 11:15 a.m., the CHP reported.

According to SDSUBaseball's twitter page, the instructor is Ryan Muno, a former Aztec baseball star.

Both men were trying to land at Gillespie Field but were forced to touch down on the freeway. The instructor took over the controls and landed safely in lanes near Second Ave.

"The instructor took over the controls of the plane. He stated he knew they weren’t going to make it to the airport, so his next course of action was to take it down the interstate," Officer Travis Gallows with CHP El Cajon said.

Muno able to land the plane on the fast lane on I-8 Westbound, miraculously missing power lines and overhead freeway sign.

10News spoke to Jim Andersen, who was driving a few cars behind the plane when it landed. When he passed by, he saw that the two aviators looked shaken up.

"The two gentlemen were talking to each other. They looked like they were catching their breath because they had just come to a stop," Andersen said.

Thankfully it wasn't a crash course, but a valuable lesson on emergency landings. 

“For them to make that landing, and have nobody else involved in it, it’s pretty much a miracle,” Officer Gallows said. 

No cars were hit and no one was injured. The plane, a Piper aircraft based in El Cajon, remained intact.

The pilot and instructor pushed the plane to the right shoulder.

Officers shut down the Mollison Ave. off-ramp of westbound I-8 due to the plane emergency. 

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said the CHP would be in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the best way to remove the plane.

"Try not to stop and slow down," Bettencourt recommended to drivers in the area.

Original article can be found here ➤

A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing onto a busy Southern California highway Friday avoided crashing into any vehicles.

"For them to make that landing and have nobody else involved in it, I'd say that's a miracle," said California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow.

A 25-year-old flight instructor and his 36-year-old student were traveling in the Piper aircraft when they experienced engine loss. 

The flight instructor took over the control to make the emergency landing, Garrow said.

He put the plane down in the middle of westbound Interstate 8 just before 11:30 a.m., flying under power lines. 

A couple who captured the plane landing on a mobile phone yelled out loud when they saw it.

“That ----- just landed on the freeway,” Zach Decker said in the video. “And he’s got it under control.” 

When Zach's wife Keri noticed the plane flying precariously low, she quickly pulled out her phone to record the whole thing.

"It was like magical, like the fact that he was able to maneuver around the cars and that the cars were smart enough to get away," she said.

When emergency personnel arrived, the plane had been pushed over to the right shoulder blocking the Mollison Avenue off-ramp lane. Mollison Avenue remains closed while crews remove the wings from the plane to get it off the freeway, Garrow said.

The plane was headed to Gillespie Field when the trouble started and the teacher decided he should take over and land the plane.

Once the plane touched down, it traveled about a half a mile on the freeway before coming to a stop.

"This is pretty cool actually because you could tell he had it under control." Zach Decker said. "He was obviously a good pilot."

Officials said no one was injured although the pilot and the student were a little shaken up.

"They were like, he was just rubbing his head, and just like, he, he was scared," Keri Decker said.

No vehicles were hit. No traffic lanes on the freeway were blocked by the plane.

A SigAlert was issued as CHP officers worked to clear the aircraft from the highway.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been dispatched to the scene to handle the investigation, Garrow said.

Original article can be found here ➤


A flight instructor landed a small plane with a student on board on Interstate 8 in El Cajon on Friday, avoiding motorists on the busy highway and escaping injuries, authorities said.

A California Highway Patrol officer radioed about 11:30 a.m. that an aircraft appeared to be in trouble. The pilot told authorities that the single-engine plane started to lose power as the student was flying toward Gillespie Field, so he took over and landed the aircraft in the westbound lanes near Second Street, roughly three miles from the airport.

“They were on course to land at the airport … knew they weren’t going to make that path so he diverted the plane off to the south a little bit and was able to successfully make that emergency landing on Interstate 8,” CHP Officer Travis Garrow told reporters at the scene.

The pilot managed to avoid road signs, power lines and cars as he landed the plane, a feat that Garrow said was “pretty much a miracle.”

“The fact that he was successful in landing it out here was a pretty good achievement,” he said.

The Piper PA-28-161, built in 1979, is registered to So Cal Leasing at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The California Flight Academy at Gillespie Field confirmed it operates the aircraft.

Two freeway lanes were blocked for a time as the plane was steered off the freeway to the Mollison Avenue off-ramp. Traffic on the interstate backed up as motorists slowed to check out the unusual sight.

The plane will remain on the off-ramp until it can be towed away. A mechanic might have to take the wings off before authorities can move the aircraft, Garrow said.

The Federal Aviation Administration could not immediately be reached for comment.

Original article can be found here ➤

EL CAJON (CNS) - A light plane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot made a safe emergency landing Friday amid late-morning traffic on Interstate 8 in El Cajon.

The two San Diego men were performing a descent in preparation for landing at Gillespie Field when the engine of the Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee lost power shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Realizing that he and his 36-year-old student would not be able to reach the airport, the flying teacher, 25, took the controls, diverted to the south and set the plane down on the north side of the freeway, near Second Street, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said. "There was no damage to the aircraft, motor vehicles or property and no injuries sustained as a result of the emergency landing," Garrow said.

After rolling to a stop, the errant single-engine plane blocked several lanes on the freeway. Caltrans personnel rushed to the scene and pushed it onto the nearby Mollison Avenue offramp, allowing traffic to get through the area with minimal disruption.

The 39-year-old airplane is registered to Gillespie Field-based So Cal Leasing, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

The aircraft was expected to remain on the freeway exit at least into the late afternoon as workers remove its wings so it can be loaded onto a truck and hauled off for repairs.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate the aviation mishap.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. I watched and listened to the car video ...... real classy people. F bombs flying with young kids in the car, your parents must be proud. Whats wrog with people today?

  2. ^ I agree.

    Using curse words is lazy, a way of making a statement when you're at a loss for better words to articulate and intelligently communicate what you want to say. Saying the F-bomb is hardly setting a good example for children. Adults should set a strong example for how they want children to become, and how they want them to treat others. Keeping language clean gives children the best shot at life in developing strong, healthy relationships with others and succeeding in all they do.

    I don't curse in front of my children and you shouldn't either.

  3. I don’t agree with the other comments, I thought it was refreshing, To hear how people really speak they were excited and it came through in their conversation. Children are smart enough to know what proper language is And will learn when to use profanity and when not to use profanities. They also will be able to choose for themselves if they want to use profanity is in their language or not.

    There’s no rules set in concrete to know how your children will turn out, Sometimes you can try to raise your children doing everything right and your children still come out all effed up. And sometimes you could raise your children doing everything wrong and your children come out incredibly intelligent and smart and hard-working and make a real contribution to society.

    The only rule that I learned to follow is to always do your best and if you make a mistake do better the next time there’s always room for improvement.
    Sincerely Peter piper pilot

  4. ^ Anonymous ^ is part of what's wrong with children nowadays.

  5. "Peter piper pilot" Never grew up and can't be taken seriously.

  6. All this talk about the foul-mouthed people who shot the video. What about giving some credit to the CFI that made a textbook off-airport landing without a scratch on the plane? I always find it refreshing when a story on this site has a happy ending as most here are unbelievably tragic.

  7. The random use of capitalization and punctuation (and grammar, for that matter) is another clue...

  8. Owner and driver of that vehicle needs to get their priorities in order:
    #1) Get the windshield repaired immediately - that crack is completely across from the left to right. At first glance I thought it was a contrail!

  9. The CFI pulled it off, great landing considering the circumstances. Knowing what’s below you at all times is so important.

    As for the foul mouthed adults in the car, I see it as a measurement of their IQ. I set it at room tempurature on a cold day.

    My son teaches 3rd through 6th at a public middle school. He has said over and over about the kids and their use of real crude cuss words. I have seen and heard kids doing the same in several venues , the most shocking is when they use the cuss words against their parent (s). It’s the gradual demise of what I was raised by, good moral behavior.

    I’m 65, I have at best 20 years to tolerate it. I feel sorry for those that are 25.

    Enough said.

  10. Millenials tattoed clowns educating their children with F-Bombs all around. That video is beyond crude in its swearing.

  11. Y'all are a bunch of Nancy's. Probably voted for Trump while you complain about people swearing being "THE single problem with the world".

  12. ^ Calls for violence, chaos and anarchy.

    Biden, take Trump behind the gym
    Clinton, stop being civil, anarchy
    Obama, get in their faces, bring a gun v a knife Harris, do they have to come out alive?
    Booker, get up in the face of some congresspeople
    Waters, stalk, harass, confront, attack opponents in public
    Holder, kick them
    Pelosi, collateral damage for those that do not share our view
    DeNiro, wants to punch our President
    Madonna, thinking about blowing up the WH
    Griffin, severed head of President

    Despicable. Whatever it takes.

    Black Lives Matter
    Occupy Wallstreet

    All supported by Democrats.

    How anyone can admit to being a Democrat is beyond me.

  13. Well, it appears at least that the driver of the video vehicle wasn’t using the cell phone to capture the footage. That would have been the icing on the cake for those foul-mouthed morons.


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