Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Interstate 75: Authorities

There were no injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said

Thursday, May 9, 2013  |  Updated 1:31 AM EDT
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A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 Wednesday, but there were no injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 Wednesday, but there were no injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 Wednesday, but there were no injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Pilot and flight instructor Ivan Popov, 22, of Pembroke Pines and student Kaitlyn Hildebrandt, 24, of Miami Beach were conducting training exercises when they had to land in the westbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 31, FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.

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The Cessna 172 departed North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines headed for Naples, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email. The pilot reported engine failure on the plane, which has a tail number of N718EH, she said.

The single-engine aircraft is owned by Christiansen Aviation, Wysocky said.

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Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units responded to the scene.

Aerial footage showed the plane on grass off the highway, and traffic was still moving. The aircraft was later moved to the boat ramp near mile marker 31 to be disassembled, Wysocky said.

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