Thursday, April 16, 2020

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N79142: Incident occurred April 14, 2020 in Midway Township, Saint Louis County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aircraft departed and experienced engine issues and landed on a highway.

Date: 14-APR-20
Time: 20:58:00Z
Regis#: N79142
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Midway Road after its engine stalled Tuesday afternoon in Midway Township.

The Cessna 172K departed from the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior at 1:45 p.m. and was flying at approximately 3,000 feet when it encountered difficulties, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported. The pilot and aircraft owner, 33-year-old Tyler Nelson of Hermantown, dropped altitude but was able to safely land the single-engine aircraft near Stark Road at 2:05 p.m.

There were no injuries or damage to the plane or any property. Crews first moved the plane out of the roadway and then blocked off the scene for a short time so Nelson could take off again from Midway Road.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Border Patrol also assisted at the scene.


  1. Uh, he took off again??? What a dotard. Hello, FAA?

  2. ^^Uhm, he's only 33 years old. Do you even know what the epithet "dotard" means? Further, the FAA doesn't investigate incidents like this. The NTSB does. However, it's up to local law enforcement, the first responders, to decide to call them to the scene. Your first clue why they chose not to is in this sentence: "There were no injuries or damage to the plane or any property."

    Law enforcement treated this as a temporary breakdown vehicle like anything else stuck on the road. The pilot got the aircraft started again and flew it out. Not the first time this happened nor will it be the last. If the NTSB wants to dispatch an inspector to check the aircraft out during the C19 pandemic when nothing happened other than a temporary landing on a highway, good luck with that! They'll contact him from the law enforcement report if they want to. In these times both first responders and the NTSB have bigger issues to deal with, specifically when no harm was done here.

  3. 172K has O-320-E2D (carbureted) engine. If he did not have to add fuel, maybe it was carb ice and clearing that up allowed him to fly out.

    Pilot also has helicopter ratings, so knowing how to make a good landing on a road is just another day in the life...

  4. Agree with anonymous above on the carb ice or fuel issue...pilots lucky day....made a safe road landing, was able to fix whatever issue he had and the law enforcement allowed him to depart from the road instead of having to remove the wings and truck it out. Good day for him to buy a lottery ticket!

  5. Correct that the NTSB investigates the accidents. However, the FAA investigates pilots and their actions. This pilot needs a visit.

  6. "Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 9:20:00 PM EDT" -- NTSB has zero enforcement authority, and no, they're not going investigate Skyhawk landing on a road.

    But if you think FAA doesn't investigate careless and reckless operations, and pursue certificate actions acrrodingly, you haven't read your regulations in a while. Also,

  7. Love this site, but hate to read all the comments from the "aero snobs"...... he took off from the road and I think that's awesome.... screw the rest of you.