Freeway Landing: No Damage, No Delays
All student pilots practice off-airport landings but a 36-year-old beginner was in the left seat for a freeway landing that looked pretty textbook on Friday. The student was on final for Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California, when the Cherokee he and his instructor were in went quiet. The instructor managed to tuck the aircraft between cars in the left two westbound lanes of busy Interstate 8. "There was no damage to the aircraft, motor vehicles or property and no injuries sustained as a result of the emergency landing," California Highway Patrol spokesman Travis Garrow said in a statement. The instructor seemed to let the aircraft roll until he got to an exit and with some help from highway workers the aircraft was pushed off the freeway with minimal traffic disruption. Heavily bleeped audio on the video.