Small plane lands on I-5 in Bellingham

  • Fri Aug 31st, 2012 8:32pm
  • News

Associated Press

BELLINGHAM — A small plane with mechanical problems has landed safely on I-5.

Washington state Patrol Trooper Brandon Lee says the small plane experienced mechanical issues that cut fuel to the engines just before descending to a Bellingham airport Friday afternoon.

Lee says the 47-year-old pilot then decided to land the plane on the freeway. He says the plane struck another car, but otherwise landed safely.

The trooper says the plane then taxied about 2 miles on the freeway before exiting and parking at an AMPM convenience store, where it parked as the pilot waited for authorities.

He says neither the pilot nor his 48-year-old woman passenger were injured.

It wasn’t immediately known what kind of plane the man was flying.

The pilot was flying from Spokane to Bellingham.