News Plane incidents — 25 July 2017

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – A plane landed on Hwy 316 westbound in Gwinnett County on Monday afternoon.

Gwinnett County Police said the small aircraft, which was dressed like a World War II German plane, made the emergency landing near Harbins Road and pulled over into the median.

Samantha Eloise Starr was traveling on Hwy 316 at the time of the landing and took several photos. “At first we thought it was just flying low until we saw it gradually get lower and then land,” she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the plane to land.

The pilot, Fred Meyer, said that the plane is used for stunts at air shows. He said he was practicing at 2500 when something went wrong. He tried to restart the engine and when he couldn’t, that’s when he made the decision to land on 316.

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“I was able to adjust my speed to flow into the traffic and make a very nice landing,” he said.

No injuries were reported. It wasn’t the first emergency landing for Meyer. He said it happened to him 15 years ago at another air show. No one was injured in that incident either.

The incident caused delays in the area as the plane was loaded onto a trailer and towed away.

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