Small plane lands on the I-5

first_img Wadsworth, 28, of Acton had been flying about six months. He brought the plane low – about 20 feet above the eight-lane freeway that divides a golf course and an open-air strip mall. Drivers realized he was trying to land, and parted way for him. “He kept cool,” James said. “Everybody gave us the room to land on the freeway. “We tried to stick to all the usual emergency procedures,” he said. “It didn’t work, so I tried to land as safely as I could. I just wanted to get it landed as safely as I possibly could without hurting anyone else.” Wadsworth landed about 1 p.m. approximately 150 feet before the McBean Parkway overpass and slipped the plane under it before backing into the left shoulder, out of traffic’s way. No one was hurt, but the landing left the plane with a flat tire. It was towed back to the airport for repairs. CHP officials said the freeway has doubled as an emergency runway in the past. “If this was going to happen, this would be it,” Sgt. Rick Miler said. “This was perfect.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The pilot of a single-engine plane that stalled high above Santa Clarita on Monday safely landed on a stretch of southbound Interstate 5, squeezing beneath an overpass, and taxied on the shoulder amid lunch-hour traffic. The emergency landing on I-5’s southbound lanes near McBean Parkway was worthy of praise, according to California Highway Patrol officers. The PA-24 Piper Comanche took off about noon from Whiteman Airport in Pacoima en route to Santa Paula with pilot Chad Wadsworth and a passenger, who were planning lunch there. The plane, built in 1958, experienced engine trouble about 2,500 feet over the Newhall Pass. “We lost the engine,” passenger Christian James, 34, said. “We had three minutes to make a decision whether to hit a mountain or land on the freeway.” last_img read more