Airplanes Hit The Road In New York, West Virginia
A Piper Cherokee and Cirrus SR-22 both ended their flights on public roads on Saturday and both had a happy result. By far the most high-profile off-airport landing was that of Michael Schwartz's Piper Cherokee, which encountered some kind of problem over the Bronx after a sightseeing flight around the Statue of Liberty and was set down on a fortuitously closed section of the normally busy Major Deegan Expressway. Crews were fixing potholes caused by the recent bad weather and had two lanes closed. The pilot, still unidentified, clipped some trees before landing in the northbound lanes of the road, which would normally have been packed with traffic at 3:20 p.m. on a Saturday. The pilot and his two female passengers were taken to hospital with what were reported as minor injuries. NYPD Capt. Robert Keating told reporters the pilot got out of the intact Cherokee "like he was just getting out of a taxi." Meanwhile, in rural West Virginia, a Cirrus SR22 descending under its Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) canopy collided with a truck driving on Brushy Fork Road outside of Buckhannon.
In the West Virginia incident, according to WTRF, pilot James Meadows was on his way from Tennessee to Pennsylvania when he told the station he heard a bang and the engine quit. He pulled the chute and awaited his fate. Billy King was on his way to work about 5:20 p.m. when the Cirrus settled on his truck. He called his wife Delvia with the news. "He called me, and I said 'Oh Lord what's going on?' A plane had landed on my truck," Delvia told the station. "And I said a plane landed your truck? He said, there's a plane that hit my truck seriously." King and Meadows were both unhurt.