Saturday, July 11, 2020

Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga, N321MA: Incident occurred July 02, 2020 in Galliano, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft experienced engine failure and landed on highway.

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Date: 02-JUL-20
Time: 13:10:00Z
Regis#: N321MA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A small airplane was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning on a highway in south Lafourche.

No injuries were reported.

According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the single-engine aircraft experienced mechanical problems around 8 a.m. and came in for a sudden landing on La. 3235 in Galliano.

“I think the aircraft was on a test flight after having some mechanical work done,” said Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre. “It later developed engine problems, causing the pilot to have to use the four-way highway in Galliano for an emergency landing.”

A Breaux Petroleum truck driver’s dash cam captured the impromptu landing on video.

The successful landing resulted in no injuries or property damage, Webre said. In addition to the pilot, the plane was carrying a mechanic onboard.

The sheriff commended the pilot for his quick thinking that allowed him to land the aircraft safely and avoid a potentially tragic situation.

“I certainly want to congratulate the pilot, whoever he is, for having the wherewithal to recognize the situation and to act quickly,” Webre said. “I’m no pilot, but I know that’s one of the things pilots train for when they have to make emergency landings or when they have compromised engines or lose power.”

The plane was pulled off the roadway shortly afterward and all lanes on La. 3235 were opened to traffic, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and State Police are handling the investigation, Webre said.

“It’s going to be a function for the State Police and FAA to determine what occurs with the aircraft,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say good landing and lucky to miss the power lines, hopefully the next test flight will have a better outcome.