Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Busy Street

Plane landed on Sheridan Street Saturday afternoon, according to officials

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    A four-seater plane made an emergency landing in Cooper City Saturday afternoon, officials said. No one was injured. Resident Steve Romney saw it all happen and described the incident. Pembroke Pines Fire Department spokesman Tom Gallagher tells reporters how the incident unfolded.

    A small plane made an emergency landing on Sheridan Street in Cooper City Saturday afternoon, officials said.

    A 1965 Mooney landed on Sheridan Street near Douglas Road around noon after an engine problem, according to the Pembroke Pines Police Department. The aircraft was making its way to the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, officials said.

    The pilot and the passengers were not injured but the plane's wings were clipped when it ran into some trees, police said.

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    A single-engine plane crashed into shallow waters 10 miles away from the Homestead Airport early Friday morning, but the three people aboard weren't injured, authorities said. Pilot Deavin Beattie and co-pilot Jeff Steinberg and passenger Dr. Todd Schwartz said they had taken their friend's plane and were going to have lunch in Key West when they lost power. They went through the steps to refire the engine, but at 6,000 feet they started to glide at 1,000 feet per minute.

    "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.

    Authorities said the four-seater aircraft was coming down the eastbound lanes that were clear at the time. Once traffic began moving on the street, though, the pilot moved the plane to the median where it struck some trees, officials said.

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    "I was shopping at Publix and I saw the plane coming down and thought, whoah, that's freaky," said resident Steve Romney.

    The plane was coming from Georgia, according to police. The last-minute landing shut down the eastbound lanes for hours as authorities worked to clear out the plane.

    "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.

    The incident remains under investigation.

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    A previous version of this report incorrectly said the plane landed in Pembroke Pines. The plane landed in Cooper City.