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Published on May 22, 2024
Two Hair-Raising Plane Landings on Highway Near Lake Pleasant, Pilot Skillfully Avoids InjuriesSource: Google Street View

In what can be described as a brush with disaster, a small plane found itself on a highway in Peoria, rather than the friendly confines of an airport runway. The aircraft, a single-engine number, made an unscheduled landing yesterday on State Route 74 at New River Road, just a short distance south of Lake Pleasant. According to FOX 10 Phoenix, authorities said there were no injuries sustained by the pilot or anyone on the ground.

Earlier that same day, a small plane narrowly avoided catastrophe, missing its intended runway and instead tangling with an abandoned travel trailer in north Peoria. Shortly before noon, the accident called for first responders to rush to the scene, also along State Route 74 and New River Road, about five miles south of Lake Pleasant. The Peoria Fire-Medical Department confirmed, "No injuries to the pilot or on the ground."

Details provided by the Federal Aviation Administration shed more light on the hairy landing. The aircraft, a Nanchang CJ-6A built in 1967 and registered to an LLC in Scottsdale, had two people on board when the pilot overshot the runway at Pleasant Valley Airport, leading to a collision with the travel trailer and the subsequent nose-first standstill of the plane. This information came courtesy of a report from AZ Family, adding that the plane's nose gear collapsed after hitting the trailer.

Meanwhile, as the investigation takes its course, much remains unknown about the reasons behind these unplanned touchdowns. The Peoria-Fire Medical Department, arriving on the scene, discovered the aftermath of these unsuccessful attempts at conventional landings turned highway spectacles.