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Plane that landed on Utah freeway had mechanical problems, UHP says

Plane that landed on Utah freeway had mechanical problems, UHP says

(Matt Herp, Standard-Examiner via AP)


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OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A small plane that clipped a car from behind while making an emergency landing on a major freeway in Utah Saturday may have experienced mechanical problems, authorities said.

Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Andrew Battenfield says the single-engine plane flew under an overpass before landing near Ogden.

A flight instructor who was training a student pilot took control and landed the plane when it started having mechanical problems, Battenfield said. They had been doing practice landings earlier.

"They were doing touch-and-goes at the Ogden airport when the plane started having mechanical malfunctions," Battenfield said.

A photo published by the Standard-Examiner showed the plane parked on the right side of Interstate 15 as authorities prepared to remove it with a truck while southbound traffic was restricted to one lane.

The plane did not appear to be significantly damaged.

A couple and their two children were in the car, headed from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Farmington, Utah, to attend a soccer tournament.

The driver, Mayra Ramirez, said her children, ages 9 and 5, were sleeping when the plane hit their car from behind.

"They woke up pretty shook," Ramirez said.

Emergency workers stand next to a plane which had to make an emergency landing on Interstate 15 in Riverdale, Utah on Saturday May, 26, 2018. Photo: Matt Herp, Standard-Examiner via AP
Emergency workers stand next to a plane which had to make an emergency landing on Interstate 15 in Riverdale, Utah on Saturday May, 26, 2018. Photo: Matt Herp, Standard-Examiner via AP

The impact shattered two of the car's windows and caused minor damage to the top of the car.

"I heard this really loud noise. I thought it was a motorcycle but when I looked in the rearview mirror, it was a plane," she said. "It was both a little scary and surreal."

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