Sunday, January 16, 2022

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N736PY: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 near Brigham City Municipal Airport (KBMC), Box Elder County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on the interstate. 

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Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 18:37:00Z
Regis#: N736PY
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah  -  January 16, 2022

A student pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on I-15 Sunday morning, January 16, shutting down northbound traffic for a time.

A report from Utah Highway Patrol said the plane had engine trouble about 11:40 a.m., requiring the pilot to bring the aircraft down at approximately MM 365.

The landing was made safely without any mishap and no one was injured. The location of the plane shut down one lane of traffic for an hour and a half.

The FAA is currently investigating the incident.


BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — A small airplane made an emergency landing on I-15 in Box Elder County late Sunday afternoon, officials said.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the aircraft performed the landing at approximately 11:44 a.m. near mile marker 365 in Brigham City.

The pilot believed there were some mechanical issues and decided to make the landing on northbound lanes, authorities said.

The plane initially blocked all lanes, but troopers were able to move it off the roadway. Just after 1:15 p.m., UHP stated the aircraft was being transported to Brigham City Municipal Airport.

No injuries were reported, and no vehicles were damaged.

UHP says the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, January 16, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A pilot in a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on northbound Interstate 15 near Brigham City Sunday morning.

The pilot, alone in the small aircraft, was uninjured, and neither was anyone on the ground, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander told Gephardt Daily. The landing happened at about 11:44 a.m. near mile marker 365.

“It was blocking the entire freeway, but they moved it to the median,” Alexander said at about 12:25 p.m. “So currently the left lane is closed and the right lane is open.”

The plane landed several miles south of Brigham City Municipal Airport. Alexander said he could not confirm whether that was the plane’s planned destination.

The FAA will be investigating the incident, Alexander said.


  1. Good job student solo pilot handling an emergency and saving yourself, the aircraft, and most importantly others on the ground around you. Well done!

    1. Where does it say the pilot was soloing? If you watch this dashcam video taking right after the landing, the doors open and three people pop out of the plane!
      Let's hope there was at least one PIC authorized to carry passengers at the controls!

    2. Delay may have just been leftover reaction after the emergency, but would have been preferable to move into that crossover spot sooner so that vehicles weren't scooting under the ends of the wings.

    3. Yeah surprising to see all three occupants (including whoever the pilot was) just standing around chatting on their phones (I doubt ALL of them were on the phone with 911), while they watched the cars creep by all the way into the dirt to get around their plane that they left in the middle of the highway. I guess we should be thankful they didn't just stand in front of the plane taking selfies. I get that landing on a freeway is traumatic, but your PIC responsibilities don't end the moment the plane stops moving. If I landed on a road, after making sure everyone is ok, I would definitely try to get my plane as far off the road as possible, not only so I didn't inconvenience the other road users, but also to relieve the traffic jam I caused to allow emergency vehicles to get where they need to go.

  2. So it may have been a student and instructor with one more student observer in the back. My instructor when going through my ratings would ask me if we could take one student on our instruction flights as a student in private, instrument, and multi-engine training. Sai students were being trained as CFIs and several of us at the school always volunteered to let them ride with us to gain a wide variety of student behavior and how to instruct. I sincerely hope that was the case here. But yeah get the plane off the road as much as possible, especially with three male adults!