A KCBS traffic reporter became part of the traffic report this morning when the small plane he was in made an emergency landing on an East Bay freeway -- causing a traffic slowdown.
No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 8:30 a.m. when the Cessna 172 apparently ran out of gas while en route to the Hayward municipal airport and landed on westbound Interstate 580 at Highway 238 in Castro Valley, authorities said.
With the help of a motorist who slowed cars on the freeway, the pilot managed to land in the far right lane and come to a stop in the right shoulder. No cars were hit, and a monumental traffic jam was averted, but traffic slowed as motorists gawked at the spectacle of the red-and-white plane on the freeway.
"We're more comfortable reporting the traffic than being in the traffic report, but that's what happened," KCBS traffic reporter Carl Thomas told anchors Susan Leigh Taylor and Stan Bunger live on the air shortly after the unconventional landing.
Soaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2828 times:
I heard that the a.t.c. said that it was the pilot's fault, but I think that he did an amazing job. Hope these kind of incidents don't ever again take place. Also if you guys have noticed that there was a similar type of incident in the bay area itself, on highway 680, where the engine of a Piper warrior quit, and he had to bring her down on the highway.
PlaneviewNYC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
These incidents seem to happen every so often, though the pilots don't usually try to land on busy interstates during rush hour. About 10 years ago, a similar Cessna ran out of fuel over Queens, New York. The pilot was cleared for an emergency landing at LGA, but couldn't make it, so he aimed for the Clearview Expressway -- an almost completely straight 6 lane highway. There was a fair amount of traffic as it was around 6:30pm, and at the last minute, he decided that instead of landing on the road itself, he would go for a lightly used downhill exit ramp which intersects a major street (Union Turnpike) and has a traffic light at the end (about a mile from where I live). The Cessna was totaled and the pilot slightly injured when one of his wings clipped a light pole at the bottom of the ramp. But luckily for everyone involved, the exit ramp had the green light, and no cars were hit. It must have been quite a shock for the people waiting at that red light.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7860 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
Of course, NOTHING beats that bizzare landing in Alaska a couple of years ago when a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane had engine trouble and literally landed in somebody's background more or less intact. Of course, it did help that the plane was flying only at 45 mph when it hit some trees before ending up in the backyard.
Iberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 15 Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
I remember that Cessna landing on the off ramp of the Clearview Expressway. I live not even a 1/2 mile from there, right by Cunningham Park and when I saw it on the news I ran over there to see the spectacle. It was quite wierd seeing a plane in the middle of Union Turnpike to say the least!!
AGrayson514 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2181 times:
During pilot training, is this type of emergency landing covered? The only thing I remember reading was to avoid landing on highways at all costs, and that it was better to land on a field or some grass, or even the shoulder of the road, but not the road itself. Maybe he didn't have a choice, I'm just curious if this type of emergency is covered in training.
Soaringadi From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 472 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
@ AGrayson514 ......
During pilot training we are told to land on fields, and also are made to land on one...... but if there are no fields, then I think the highway was a better option rather than anyone's house, or anything.
Also remember ****** an aircraft in distress has the right of way over everyone (in the sky atleast) ****** don't know if the rule remains the same on 580 interstate
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4471 posts, RR: 21 Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
and also are made to land on one
Gee, that's odd, considering I have quite a few certificates and ratings and have never made an off-airport landing in any of my training. Odd...but an A.net member "stretching the truth"? REALLY? Wow! Never seen that happen before...
When you train, you will undoubtedly practice emergency approaches and landings, but these will not be made to a landing in an off-airport environment in most circumstances. Generally, the approach will be terminated around 500' agl.
Edit to add: There is no valid excuse for running out of fuel. None.
WestIndian425 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1012 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
To reiterate and to add to what JBirdAV8R just said:
There really is no excuse to running out of fuel. I am very happy that the pilot was skilled enough to land the plane in tact and without any injuries or hitting any vehicles on the ground. However, I would be embarrassed if I ran out of fuel in a GA aircraft, especially when the FAA comes to me saying that they're "here to help me". Mechanical problems are one thing, but this is definitely pilot error. Now I'm not familiar with the Bay Area, as I'm from New York City, but I can imagine the traffic when the highway has to be closed to allow the plane to takeoff one it has been refueled, unless they're planning to truck it back to base.
God did not create aircraft pilots to be on the ground