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.