Sunday, February 14, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N5208J: Incident occurred February 13, 2021 in Coral Springs, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Aircraft landed on the service road next to Sawgrass Expressway for unknown reasons. 

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Date: 13-FEB-21
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N5208J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida (WSVN) - The Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs turned into a runway when, authorities said, a pilot landed a small plane after experiencing engine failure, slowing down traffic in the area.

Drivers started in disbelief as they watched the single-engine Cessna 172 touch down on the highway, Saturday morning.

“There’s a plane on the [expletive] highway,” a man is heard saying on cellphone video. “There’s a [expletive] airplane — I saw it in the air — that just landed on the [expletive] highway, bro!”

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the aircraft landed on the southbound lanes near Sample Road, at around 11:40 a.m.

Ricky Dee, who recorded the video, checked in on the man who appeared to be the pilot moments later.

“You OK?” Dee asked the man.

He responded with a quick thumbs up.

Troopers responded to the scene and blocked off lanes until crews could move the plane onto the median, where more drivers caught a glimpse of it.

“Holy [expletive],” a woman is heard saying on another cellphone video.

A large crane was brought in to transfer the Cessna onto a tow truck.

Crews were able to clear the scene by the afternoon.

FHP investigators said there were two men in the plane during the incident, the pilot and a passenger.

No injuries were reported, and there were no crashes as a result of the highway landing.​

But it definitely left an impression on many who witnessed the outlandish sight.

“This is [expletive] bananas,” said Dee on his cellphone video.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the emergency landing.

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida — A pilot and passenger walked away from a single-engine Cessna 172 that made an emergency landing on the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, the FAA said.

It happened about 11:40 a.m. Saturday just south of the West Sample Road exit.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to temporarily close the southbound lanes until the plane could be moved to a patch of pavement on the grassy median.

The names of the two men aboard were not disclosed, but the plane is registered to FlyDreams Aircraft Group Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, FAA records show.

FlyDreams offers pilot training and charter flights among other air services, according to its website.

FAA officials said the agency was investigating the emergency landing.

It’s not the first time the Sawgrass Expressway doubled as a runway for a distressed aircraft.

A Piper PA28-140 Cherokee touched down on the highway near the University Drive exit about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The 29-year-old pilot was uninjured.

A portion of the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County was closed Saturday afternoon after a small plane made an emergency landing.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say the single engine plane made the landing in the southbound lanes near Sample Road around noon.

No word was released on any injuries or what caused the emergency.

All southbound lanes were closed with traffic being diverted off at the Sample Road exit before reopening around 12:30 p.m.

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