Small plane makes emergency landing on Alabama interstate

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TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. – A small plane made an emergency landing on an Alabama interstate in Talladega County Saturday afternoon.

Twitter user @DeveloperFredie said, and Alabama State Troopers later confirmed, the Cessna landed on I-20 Westbound, narrowly missing a few cars on the way down.

After speaking with the people on board, the user said it was a student pilot’s first flight.

ALEA Corporal Jimmy L. Harrell Jr. and the plane had complete engine failure, and the flight instructor landed the plane. He said that instructor, James Williams of Anniston, must have been very skilled to land on a busy interstate with those kinds of engine problems.

ALDOT reported an incident at I-20 WB’s ramp to Exit 173 (CR5/Eastaboga) at 4:37 p.m. on Saturday. The agency did not provide details.

Cpl. Harrell added that there were no injuries reported about the people in the plane, or drivers on the road at the time related to the plane’s landing. He said everyone was lucky.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told WHNT News 19 in a statement that the plane was a Cessna 172 flying from Talladega Municipal Airport. Two people were on board and the FAA is investigating:

“A Cessna 172 aircraft departed Talladega Municipal Airport and made an emergency landing on 1-20 westbound at mile marker 173 at 4:21 p.m. Two people were on board. Contact local authorities for passenger information. The FAA will investigate.”

WHNT News 19 is working to get more information. Refresh the page for updates.

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