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Light plane lands on Mich. highway

Dec. 20, 2005 at 3:01 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why a two-seat plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a busy Detroit-area freeway.

The pilot of the Cessna 152 said he began experiencing engine problems at 2,500 feet Monday afternoon after taking off from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich.

"The engine started to run rough and I applied carb heat," pilot John Sullivan, told Tuesday's Detroit News. "I figured if I couldn't find the field I would try to make the freeway."

Sullivan brought the light plane in for a smooth touchdown on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 between the Dix Highway exit and the Northline exit.

He landed in the highway's middle lane and then pushed the plane to the outside lane.

No one was injured but highway traffic backed up for 6 miles.

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