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Piper PA-28 Emergency Landing On I-540 Near RDU

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:49 am
by garnetpalmetto
I didn't see mention of this yet to my surprise. A Piper Cherokee Arrow (a PA-28R-200) was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 540 in North Raleigh this morning after takeoff from RDU. According to the pilot the plane started to lose oil pressure while in the air and, unable to return to RDU, the pilot set it down on the interstate. I was actually caught up in the traffic jam that formed after first responders closed off that portion of the highway to investigate. I snapped a few pictures I snapped while being rerouted:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v706/garnetpalmetto/12376639_10103222254687689_627952185265545381_n.jpg

And a few media articles on the landing, including an interview with the pilot

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/loc...s/wake-county/article68759802.html

http://www.wral.com/small-plane-make...-in-raleigh-pilot-unhurt/15606584/

http://www.wral.com/news/local/image_gallery/15606716/