Pilot lands plane on treacherous section of Wyoming freeway

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 11, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.


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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A pilot has survived crash-landing a small airplane on a steep, winding section of Wyoming interstate highway known to be treacherous for drivers.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 67-year-old Steven Stam, of Holland, Michigan, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Friday after putting down his single-engine plane on Interstate 80.

Ivinson Memorial Hospital officials declined to disclose Stam's condition.

The crash happened in Telephone Canyon about 4 miles east of Laramie. Stam managed to land without hitting steep rock walls and forested mountainsides on either side of the interstate.

The highway can be hazardous to drive, especially in foul weather.

The plane landed intact with damage to its nose and wing. Details about Stam's flight plan or why he crash-landed weren't immediately available.

Traffic resumed flowing soon after the crash.

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