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Plane Lands on Freeway in Costa Mesa, No One Hurt

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By    |   Monday, 29 Jan 2018 03:19 PM

A small plane landed safely on a California freeway after the engine failed and the pilot couldn’t restart it Sunday evening. 

The 24-year-old pilot, Izzy Slod, decided to land on the freeway because he didn’t think he would be able to reach the airport and didn’t want to land on the beach, NBC4 reported.

Slod was flying with a passenger, his friend Daniel Gross, from San Diego to Van Nuys when the plane’s engine stopped and Slod could not get it restarted, NBC4 reported. The two were a mile or two off the coast at the time and Slod was able to let air traffic control know he planned to land on the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa. 

Traffic was light on the freeway, and Slod managed to land near the Del Mar Exit without causing any collisions or injuries, NBC 4 reported.

Slod was advised to try to get to a nearby airport, but strong winds would have made that difficult, the Los Angeles Times reported. Slod is an experienced pilot and was able to land safely on the freeway.

Police closed the three northbound freeway lanes for a few hours after the plane landed.

“I didn’t think we were going to die, but I had no idea where we were going to end up,” Gross said, ABC7 reported

“We had about a minute and a half from when we lost power to when we were on the ground. It happened really quickly,” he added. “You don’t think about that when you’re falling from the sky.”

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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