Plane makes emergency landing on Interstate 5
CARLSBAD (AP) — A pilot and his lone passenger walked away unhurt after a small airplane made an emergency landing on a San Diego-area highway, authorities said.
The single-engine Cessna lost power and made a hard landing in southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad just after 7 p.m. Thursday, said Division Chief Mike Lopez of the city’s fire department.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the man and woman on board were headed for Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport from the San Gabriel Valley Airport east of Los Angeles when they experienced engine trouble.
The plane’s cockpit “filled with smoke,” according to a tweet from Carlsbad city officials.
There was minor damage to the plane, which came to rest partly on its nose, Lopez said. The aircraft did not collide with any vehicles or cause any crashes, according to officials.
There were lane closures until crews managed to remove the plane around midnight.
This single-engine Cessna 182 made an emergency landing Thursday on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad. The pilot and his lone passenger walked away unhurt, authorities said.