Saturday, September 12, 2020

Mooney M20R Ovation 3 GX, N120GX: Incident occurred September 09, 2020 in Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft lost engine power and made a forced landing on the interstate.


Date: 09-SEP-20

Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N120GX
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20R
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 has made an emergency landing in Alligator Alley in West Broward.

Two people were on board the plane when an emergency message was relayed to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport just before 10 a.m., Wednesday.

The plane took off from Naples and was headed to Fort Lauderdale when the pilot began to experience engine problems.

The plane ended up making an emergency landing at Mile Marker 41 instead of landing at the airport.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where damage could be seen on the left wing of the small plane.

The wing was clipped by a landscape truck which resulted in the plane spinning and ending up off the road.

Police and fire rescue crews responded to the scene.

“They were facing some mechanical problems, and the pilot was able to safely land the airplane in the right emergency shoulder,” said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Yanko Reyes. “As he had landed the airplane, a truck was passing by on the right shoulder and struck the left wing causing the airplane to spin around.”

A man and a woman could be seen walking around the plane and taking pictures. It is believed the two individuals were the two who were on the plane. They appear to be OK.

“The pilot and passenger, as well as the driver of the truck, are well with no injuries,” Reyes said.

The cause of the plane’s engine problems is under investigation.


  1. If you look at some of the pictures of the front of the aircraft you will see there is a hole in the engine cowl on top and oil coming out of the front of the air vent. Indicative of a major engine failure with parts being ejected.

  2. I don't see that hole. Wouldn't there be oil streaks as well?

    1. You need to look on the web, there's a pic as Mr Young described.