Small plane makes emergency landing on busy street in Florida

Small plane makes emergency landing on busy street in Florida

Tampa : FL : USA | May 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM PDT
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A small plane made an emergency landing on a busy street in Cooper City on a busy Saturday afternoon.

A very unusual landing of an airplane shocked a lot of people in Florida as a small airplane made an emergency landing on a busy street in Florida. The small plane made emergency landing on Sheridan Street in Cooper City on Saturday afternoon. The plane had to make the landing because its engine had started experiencing problems and the pilot had to use his judgment to save all those people. The plane was a 1965 Mooney and it was on its way to the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines. Sadly, it could not reach its destination and the landing had to be made near Douglas Road instead of the Airport's runway.

According to the details provided, the pilot and passengers were not injured after the plane's wings were clipped when it ran into some of the trees that were lined along the road.

"It's a good day when an aircraft can land on a roadway anywhere, but especially on Sheridan Street, in the weather and the traffic that was out here and end up with no injuries," said Tom Gallagher, public information officer for Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, according to a report on

The airplane was pretty small; it was just a four-seater aircraft. The plane was coming down from the eastbound lanes that were clear at that time of the day. However, after a short while, traffic started moving on the street and the pilot had to move the plane to the median, where it struck the trees. Despite the small size of the plane, the traffic coming down to the eastbound lanes was stopped for hours so that the plane could be cleared off the road.

"It could have been catastrophic. The pilot used a lot of skill, he was evaluating the air space and his landing area on his way down," Gallagher said, according to the same report.

Had the plane landed on a busy road, there would have been a lot of casualties, as the people in the cars would have crashed into the plane. The case is still being investigated by authorities to ensure that such cases are avoided in the future.

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Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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