DEL MAR, Calif. – Not less than 5 planes have made emergency landings on San Diego-area freeways lately, leading to one dying, a number of accidents and varied quantities of harm.
The most recent got here Tuesday when a single-engine Piper PA-32 landed shortly after noon on Interstate 5 east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, hitting a Kia sedan and shedding a part of a wing after it turned lodged behind an Audi SUV. Two folks in automobiles that had been hit suffered minor accidents, however the pilot and passenger of the airplane walked away unhurt, in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA is investigating to find out what led the pilot to land on the freeway.
4 different incidents involving planes have been reported since 2013 all through San Diego County.
Right here’s a breakdown of the opposite incidents
Dec. 12, 2019 on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad
The latest prevalence got here in late 2019 when a single-engine Cessna 182 skilled engine bother whereas touring from El Monte to Carlsbad and made an emergency landing on Interstate 5.
Officers stated the airplane was roughly two miles from the McClellan-Palomar Airport when its pilot reported having engine bother, main the cockpit to be “full of smoke.”
The pilot landed the airplane within the freeway’s southbound lanes, south of Tamarack Avenue, the FAA stated, with the airplane skidding to a cease after its touchdown gear gave out. It remained upright and prevented hitting automobiles.
Neither occupant of the airplane was injured and no different accidents had been reported.
Oct. 19, 2018 on Interstate 8 in El Cajon
The earlier 12 months, a 25-year-old flight teacher landed a small plane on Interstate 8 in El Cajon.
Using with a student-pilot on the time and getting ready to land at Gillespie Discipline, the airplane’s engine reportedly failed. The trainer then took over the plane and managed to land it safely on the interstate, avoiding properties, energy strains and site visitors within the course of.
No one was injured because of the touchdown, which a California Freeway Patrol official stated was “nothing wanting a miracle.”
April 12, 2016 on Interstate 15 in Pala Mesa
A girl was killed and 5 others had been hospitalized when a small plane crashed into a car that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 15 within the Pala Mesa space.
The airplane, a single-engine Lancair IV, skidded alongside the gradual lane of the freeway about 250 toes earlier than crashing into the rear of a Nissan four-door sedan. 4 folks had been within the sedan on the time of the crash, parked on the facet of the freeway so the motive force may sync his Bluetooth with the automotive, officers stated.
The results of the crash killed 38-year-old San Diego County resident Antoinette Frances Isbelle, who was sitting within the again seat. Isbelle, a member of San Diego Curler Derby, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
It took firefighters 25 minutes to extricate a 45-year-old lady driving within the entrance passenger seat and two different passengers, a 42-year-old driver and 36-year-old passenger driving within the again seat, didn’t require extrication.
“It’s wonderful that there weren’t extra accidents,” North County Hearth Safety District spokesman John Buchanan stated.
March 22, 2013 on SR-125 close to Otay Mesa
Neither the pilot nor the only passenger in a single-engine Cessna 150C had been harm when it touched down for an emergency landing on state Route 125 in Otay Mesa.
The pilot reported shedding energy whereas approaching Brown Discipline airport in southern San Diego on the finish of a flight out of Ensenada, Mexico, in accordance with the FAA.
One lane of the freeway was closed whereas authorities organized getting the airplane off the route and “minimally affected” site visitors within the space.
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