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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on I-5 Near Del Mar, Stunning Motorists

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A small airplane made an emergency landing Tuesday on southbound Interstate 5 near Del Mar in San Diego's North County, causing traffic for motorists confused and stunned by the unexpected sight. (www.nbcsandiego.com) Mais...

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aliamus
Steve Aliamus 9
The only thing reported by the local media was "mechanical trouble", the usual catch-all for any preliminary guess as to the potential cause. For as busy as that stretch of freeway is, glad pilot and passenger were able to walk away. Only four cars were hit, with only minor injuries.
dtgriscom
Daniel Griscom 9
Probably the one time a reeeally loud horn would be useful on a plane.
topgunnh
Peter McGrath 8
If they did, 10 people would have given him the finger and 2 others would have shot at him!
SmittySmithsonite
SmittySmithsonite 2
People can't see traffic right in front of them, let alone coming from above. They'd probably wreck looking for where the horn sound was coming from, lol.
M20ExecDriver
M20ExecDriver 12
The local tv talking head on the philly local news said they had to clean up a lot of "jet" fuel before the road could be opened. Surprised they didn't say a flight plan wasn't filed.
SmittySmithsonite
SmittySmithsonite 2
Shocked they didn't say #6 bunker ...
electroman00
electroman00 1
Not Jet Fuel...would be 100LL
georgewilhelmsen
George Wilhelmsen 6
Nice job! And he didn't have to call ATC for advice. (Reference a previous event where the CFI was talking to ATC on what to do on an engine loss!) LOL
steerts
I doubt that anyone in Southern California would be stunned by anything short of Carnival Cruise ship on The I-5.
glenver
glenver 4
Another instance of "accurate" news reporting. I didn't know big rig tow trucks are now known as cranes.
amerson
Rick Amerson 4
Too bad he couldn't make the fairground parking lot or racetrack that was adjacent to the freeway where he came down. The Del Mar Horse Park is also not too far away.
tsilver473
Tony Silverstrå 4
When you have to land, you have to land, lucky People o board
denelle
Denelle Keeler 3
I'm really shocked they only clipped two cars on that busy freeway. Thank God everyone was o.k.
upchucked
C. WESLEY GRADY 3
Well, in my humble opinion, inasmuch as they were cleaning up gas from the freeway after the accident, I don't think it is a case of "No Gas", but as there have been any number of problems with the fuel selector valve, I am betting the plane was sucking air through a bad valve.
Quirkyfrog
Robert Cowling 5
Imagine the shock of that. 'I'm out of gas, but the tank is full? WTH!!!'. Not much you can do, except test the valve before taking off, but verifying flow would seem to be an issue. Bad luck, and really lucky if that was the case!
LeePIII1101
Lester Phillips 2
or air from and empty tank....
sgbelverta
sharon bias 3
Pilot should buy Lotto tickets immediately. Bet more than a few cars stuck on the freeway will need gas too.
aliamus
Steve Aliamus 2
The plane appears to be a single-engine Piper PA-32.
Cleffer
Cleffer 6
Is that because the article says "The single-engine Piper PA-32 aircraft made its landing sometime around 12:15 p.m." ;)
aliamus
Steve Aliamus 4
Oops, might have missed that tidbit. :) All the other articles said "small plane" so glad this one actually mentioned the aircraft.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 1
Cherokee would be good enough -

But who the hell is Consumer Bob ? :)
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
Plain old PA-32 and my guess, no gas!
Bratfalken
Jan Strömbäck 6
Enough to cover a 7 year old girl in the backseat of a car, saw an interview with her and her grandma who was driving. The firedepartment removed her clothes and put her in a blanket as she was all wet from the "water" as she said. Kind parents and firedepartment didn't tell her what it was, no reason to make it more traumatic than it was. I hope no one makes her imagine what could have happend!Not until she is much older!
pilot62
Scott Campbell 1
Saratoga sorry ...

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N2843T
Quirkyfrog
Robert Cowling -4
I'd bet that was a surprise. When I was a teen, I had just passed by a huge farm field that minutes later had a 150 land in it. It was too short to take back off.

In college, we had a balloon get stuck in a freak squall line, and they couldn't get to the airport and crashed in our backyard. Yeah, surprised? Doesn't come close... Cops, FAA, I assume NTSB, and so glad everyone was fine. (Why they flew with such conditions being possible is probably a question they had to answer many times, I'm sure... (Talk about stupid human tricks)

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