Monday, February 01, 2021

Cessna 182C Skylane, N8713T: Incident occurred January 31, 2021 near Fremont County Airport (1V6), Canon City, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft released skydivers, experienced engine issues and landed on the median of a highway.  

Date: 31-JAN-21
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N8713T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A small plane downed by engine failure made an emergency landing on a stretch of Highway 50 near Penrose, the Colorado State Patrol said.

No injuries were reported, and the plane has been towed to an airport, said Master Trooper Gary Cutler.

"The whole thing took about 30 minutes," he said.

The landing occurred about 11:15 a.m. near the intersection with Highway 50 near Penrose. Drivers were initially urged to use caution but there is no longer an impact on traffic. 

A photo posted to Twitter showed the four-seat, single-engine plane came to rest on a grassy median between the east- and westbound lanes of Highway 50, near an overpass. The plane did not appear to be seriously damaged, with windows and landing gear intact.

A pickup towed the plane to an airport, escorted by Colorado State Patrol troopers, the agency said. the westbound lanes on Highway 50 were temporarily cleared to allow for the towing.

"They couldn't go more than 10 mph," Cutler said. 

The aircraft, a Cessna 182C, is co-owned by a Penrose woman and has been flown since 1960, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.  

The FAA was notified and will do an investigation.

"Depending on why they went down, they could be cited for it," Cutler said.

FREMONT COUNTY, Colorado (KKTV) - It’s not the typical traffic on the highway on a Sunday morning -- a small plane made an emergency landing on Highway 50 in Penrose.

According to Colorado State Patrol, the pilot began experiencing engine failure about 12 miles from the Fremont County Airport and made a decision to land in the median on the highway. The pilot landed safely and was uninjured.

The plane was towed by a pickup truck shortly after troopers reached the scene.

UPDATE: (1/31/21 at 11:37 am) Colorado State Patrol said the disabled plane has been removed and was towed to the airport.

TRAFFIC ALERT: The Colorado State Patrol is telling drivers to stay alert and use caution if traveling on Highway 50 in Penrose. A small plane had to make an emergency landing on the highway near the Highway 115 bridge.

Troopers said no one was injured, but travelers should watch for emergency vehicles and expect possible delays.

1 comment:

  1. They must have used a rope and the reason why such overly cautious low tow speed. Any slack catch could damage the gear. Nobody keeps a full sized tug tow bar in their truck for just such a random emergency find and need of course, but they could have towed a lot faster (20-25mph if not faster) with a rigid metal tow bar.