Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Raw Video: Plane Takes Off From I-95 After Emergency Landing

After landing in the median of Interstate 95 in Volusia County, a small plane took off again Tuesday afternoon.

It happened near the U.S. Highway 1 exit in Ormond Beach.Authorities said the emergency landing brought traffic in both directions to a stop for a short time.

During a flight from Ormond Beach to Flagler beach, a cylinder seized up and the engine failed, forcing the landing.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said two people were aboard the plane at the time of the landing, an instructor and a student pilot. Initial reports said only the pilot was on board. Neither passenger was injured.

The plane’s owner, Adrian Thompson, was called to the scene to make repairs. It took three hours to repair the single-engine Cessna 150.

Thompson told police he needed 600 feet of highway to get up to speed to take off so troopers ensured he had enough highway space to get off the ground.

"We decided to go ahead and allow him to make repairs, we got the clearance from the FAA to do it," Florida Highway Patrol trooper Wooster Woodward said. "He’ll take off from here. It’ll be much more expeditious to do that. To dismantle the aircraft would have taken over 8 hours and it would have caused a major traffic distraction. This way, we’ll be in and out in less than three."

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