Plane has to make emergency landing on busy California highway after engine problems

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My way IS the highway! Flight instructor and student pilot make bold emergency landing on busy California highway after engine problem

  • A single-engine Cessna plane with a flight instructor and student pilot had to make an emergency landing on Memorial Day
  • 32-year-old flight instructor Brian Carson made an emergency call shortly after the plane left Camarillo Airport, about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
  • The emergency call was picked up by nearby air traffic officials at Van Nuys Airport, who alerted the Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department.
  • Carson managed to successfully land the small plane on the notoriously busy 101 Freeway near Agoura Hills, where authorities were able to divert it down a ramp.
  • Despite the emergency landing, no one was injured, authorities say

Authorities say a single-engine plane had to make an emergency landing on a busy California highway on Memorial Day after a flight instructor and a student experienced engine problems during a class.

The Cessna plane was flying near Los Angeles around 7 p.m. when flight instructor Brian Carson of Laguna Niguel made an emergency call shortly after taking off from Camarillo Airport. The plane then landed on the infamous 101 Freeway in Westlake Village.

No injuries were reported and Carson managed to land the plane without hitting any vehicles, CHP officer Weston Haver confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.

“The highway had to be closed,” Haver said of the incident, which disrupted traffic at the end of Memorial Day weekend.

Air traffic controllers at Van Nuys airport intercepted the emergency call of the 32-year-old flight instructor after he radioed that he may have to make an emergency landing in the Calabasas area. The reason for the emergency landing was not immediately clear, Haver told the news channel.

The small plane sent out a distress call shortly after taking off from Camarillo airport on Monday.  Authorities say a flight instructor and trainee pilot were on board the plane during the emergency landing

The small plane sent out a distress call shortly after taking off from Camarillo airport on Monday. Authorities say a flight instructor and trainee pilot were on board the plane during the emergency landing

Carson was with 29-year-old Huntington Beach pilot intern Trevor Peterson at the time of the wild landing.

“The commanding officer was able to take over the plane and land it safely,” California Highway Patrol officer Craig Martin told reporters. ABC news near the landing site.

“All we got was the pilot coming down low and fast, so we could get officers to slow down the traffic,” Martin added.

The flight instructor, 32-year-old Brian Carson, managed to escort the plane, which had engine problems, onto California's 101 Freeway, disrupting traffic and travelers over Memorial Day weekend.

The flight instructor, 32-year-old Brian Carson, managed to escort the plane, which had engine problems, onto California’s 101 Freeway, disrupting traffic and travelers over Memorial Day weekend.

Carson managed to land the plane on the cleared southbound lanes of the highway before emergency services directed the craft down a nearby exit ramp

Carson managed to land the plane on the cleared southbound lanes of the highway before emergency services directed the craft down a nearby exit ramp

Carson landed in the cleared southbound lanes of the highway, authorities said.

The Times reports rescuers were able to drop it off one of the highway exits in nearby Agoura Hills in less than an hour, but authorities said several highway signs had to be removed to make room for the wings.

Traffic came to a standstill as staff worked to get the plane off the highway.

According to ABC News, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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