Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Anchorage Road

Crews load the Cessna 172 Cutlass onto a tow truck. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.
Crews load the Cessna 172 Cutlass onto a tow truck. Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.

A small plane had to make an emergency landing on Tuesday afternoon on a street in East Anchorage.

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Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage.
Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage.

Anchorage Police Department Lieutenant Mark Thelen says the pilot of the Cessna 172 Cutlass experienced engine trouble shortly after taking off from Merrill Field.

“They basically flew right up Boniface here in case they lost power completely; they didn’t wanna have to go over houses and whatnot, so in case they had to come down on a road,” he said. “They got down to this point here and they just couldn’t keep it in the air any longer and set it down on the roadway.”

APD says neither the pilot or the two passengers were injured, and the plane did not hit any vehicles as it landed.

The NTSB is investigating the incident.

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