Friday, June 26, 2020

Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, N2ME: Incident occurred June 24, 2020 in Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Aircraft experienced engine problems and landed on a highway. 

Wayman Luy LLC

Date: 24-JUN-20
Time: 12:30:00Z
Regis#: N2ME
Aircraft Make: LAKE
Aircraft Model: LA4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

WEST BROWARD, Florida  (WSVN) - A small plane was able to make a safe emergency landing along U.S. 27 in West Broward County.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to a call referencing a single-engine plane with a mechanical issue in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27 near Griffin Road at approximately 8:30 a.m., Wednesday.

7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene where the Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer could be seen on the side of the roadway after landing safely.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft departed North Perry Airport and was headed to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

Rescue officials said only the pilot was on board the plane and no injuries were reported.

“He knows what to do,” said Paul Columba. “I mean, this was a pilot. This is what we train for.”

Columba, the pilot’s colleague and friend, went to check on him.

“He had some engine problems. They don’t know what it is yet, but that’s what they’re working on,” he said. “It’s one of those things in aviation that you gotta be prepared for.”

The plane has since been moved to the nearby parking lot of Cafe 27 where crew members are working to take pieces of the aircraft off in order to trailer it back to North Perry Airport.

Asked if the pilot was cool under the pressure of the moment, Columba responded, “Yes, he was. He’s here!”

The FAA is now investigating.

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