Thursday, February 2, 2023

Miracle: Pilot is safe after emergency landing on Texas highway

A pilot flying a small plane on Sunday afternoon was fortunate enough to make an emergency landing in the middle of a highway and was not injured.

The pilot was arriving from the West Houston airport when his plane lost power, forcing it to land on the highway and blocking the intersection between Grand Parkway and Cypress Rosehill.

The aircraft, a single-engined Bonanza 35, came into contact with an 18-wheeler and caught fire after its wings became entangled in a concrete barrier.

The Detroit, Michigan pilot, who has not been identified, was on a reconnaissance mission when the crash occurred.

There were no more injuries.

Officials are still waiting on the FAA and NTSB to get the plane off the road.

“Usually when an aircraft comes into contact with a vehicle it doesn’t end well, the fact that the 18-wheeler is there too makes it a good day, so the policy and procedure is good, but when Seconds count on a plane, so in his mind, the easiest thing to do was to leave it in the street, said Richardo Standiford, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“I imagine there’s a lot of open country around here; I don’t know what prompted him to choose the road, but he made it down safely and he’s still alive in 2023.”

The report stated that the Rosehill and Tomball fire departments were able to extinguish the fire, but remained at the scene due to a small fuel leak in the aircraft.

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