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Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:39 am



More photos and complete report at SF Chronicle:

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/24/plane1.TMP

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.
 
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:42 am

The aircraft looks intact. Good for them. Seems like they got lucky.



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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:46 am

Why do I have a feeling that this picture will be used someday in some magazine's "Caption this weird picture" section???

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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:50 am

Ha! Thats hilarious. Well it probably wasn't for the pilot, but now it is. I'm glad it went ok.
 
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:52 am

Did he land near a call box? Big grin

Usually this interchange is a parking lot. He was lucky he landed when traffic was light.

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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 11:39 am

NO call box, he had to use his cell phone it appears!
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 11:41 am

I think he was too embarassed to use a call box!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 11:54 am

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.

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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 12:34 pm

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.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 12:38 pm

Was there a massive gaper delay following this? This seems like the type of situation that would cause one...

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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:34 pm

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.  Wow! 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.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 10:40 pm

Wow! Looks like that pilot is pretty skilled! He got it down onto a freeway in one piece without causing any damage it looks like.
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Tue May 25, 2004 11:14 pm

PlaneviewNYC:

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!!
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Wed May 26, 2004 5:17 am

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.


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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Wed May 26, 2004 7:58 am

@ 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  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Wed May 26, 2004 8:13 am

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... Yeah sure

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.

[Edited 2004-05-26 01:14:58]
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RE: Bay Area:Traffic Plane Lands In, Well, Traffic

Wed May 26, 2004 8:49 am

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.

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