P206 Lands On Freeway, Gets Pulled Over
The Civil Air Patrol says it can take days for pilots to be found after an off-airport landing, but Jim O’Donnell had the first emergency vehicle on scene before he came to a stop after landing his Cessna P206 on the Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County, New York. Shortly after takeoff from Brookhaven Airport, en route to Eagles Nest New Jersey, O’Donnell’s P206 experienced unspecified mechanical problems. The extent of power loss has not been reported, but the pilot elected to land on the highway.
Video shot from a car travelling on the Sunrise Highway shows an orderly landing on the centerline—normally used to divide the first and second lanes of traffic. (The video does contain some moderate profanity.) Rollout is slightly squirrely, but the landing appears to be downwind, which may have contributed to difficult directional control. After passing under an overpass, a police car pulls onto the freeway and turns on its lights before the Cessna even comes to a stop. The plane was reportedly towed down the highway back to Brookhaven Airport for repairs.