Since this hasn’t been reported before and it happened on Sunday, February 18, 2018, I’ll report it one month late. Yes I was a month late, but I’ve seen no one else report it while I was away on vacation.
According to Mercury News,
On Sunday, February 18, 2018, a six-seat, single-engine Piper propellor plane suffered an engine failure near E16, my closest airport (KSJC is my closest commercial/international airport). E16 is San Martin Airport (uncontrolled airfield) located about 25 miles south of San Jose, California and about 5 miles south of my hometown of Morgan Hill, California. Ok, I don’t think many of you know what these cities are in California so let’s give you the distance from the popular KSFO. From KSFO to E16 is about 60 miles. The plane was not able to glide to E16, so it had to land on Freeway 101 North near my hometown toward E16. Only the pilot on board and cars moved out of the way to give the pilot a clear path to land. The pilot was not injured nor was anyone harmed.
I wasn’t able to see the incident because from the 17th to the 24th of February, I was on vacation in Oregon and in Washington Ski Break Trip. I think that this all could’ve ended much differently, so I think that the pilot had a lot of skill to maneuver around all those cars and safely land the plane on the freeway like it was a runway. Both sides of the freeway were blocked, so the plane could be towed to an exit. If I was at home during that time, I could’ve witnessed the landing since my house is super close to Freeway 101 and the area where the plane landed.
What do you think of this?