Drivers Capture Moment Plane Lands on Highway in New Jersey

A small plane made an emergency landing on Route 72 in Stafford, New Jersey, on Sunday, July 12.
A small plane made an emergency landing on Route 72 in Stafford, New Jersey, on Sunday, July 12.

New Jersey weekend drivers had some unexpected traffic on Sunday.

A plane narrowly missed cars when it made an emergency landing on a busy highway near the Jersey Shore. The pilot appeared to struggle to avoid an initial touchdown among cars on the road before the plane veered onto the grass median.

The Stafford Township Police Department released the video on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

The single-engine plane, which was carrying students from the Skydive East Coast skydiving school, lost power, forcing the pilot to make the landing just after 10 a.m. on Sunday between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 72. An instructor was treated for a cut on his arm but no other injuries were reported and no cars were involved, the police said.

The mishap was a boon to social media as the video was widely shared. Travelers slowed to a crawl to pass the plane, parked off the road with little apparent damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating, the police said.

SOURCE: CHRISTINE HAUSER
The New York Times

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