A single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing Thursday on southbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, but no one was injured and no vehicles were hit.
The hard landing took place near the end of the evening commute, at around 7 p.m., just south of Tamarack Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The airplane, a Cessna 182 flying from El Monte to Carlsbad, experienced engine failure and the 58-year-old Covina man flying the aircraft was forced to land on the freeway, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said.
Upon landing within the far left lane and the center divide, the front landing gear gave out and the nose of the plane hit the concrete lane dividers as the plane veered to the left and slid to a stop, Latulippe said.
The pilot and a 58-year-old female passenger in the plane were uninjured, the officer said.
The incident prompted the CHP to shut down all southbound lanes near Tamarack Avenue. The agency reopened the number 3 and 4 lanes around 7:45 p.m.
Caltrans tweeted around midnight that all lanes were reopened.
The emergency landing will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
— From Staff and Wire Reports
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