LEE’S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) – Crews responded to a plane that landed on a Lee’s Summit highway Tuesday afternoon.
According to MoDOT Kansas City, a plane landed on eastbound Interstate 470 past Douglas Street in Lee’s Summit just before 2 p.m.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said the plane is a Beechcraft Twin Bonanza and one out of two of the engines failed causing the pilot, and sole occupant on the plane, to make an emergency landing.
“He had to make a decision now. For him to land on that section of roadway was his best option to potentially avoid some catastrophic collision elsewhere,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Andy Bell said.
The pilot was attempting to land at the Lee’s Summit airport when one of the engines failed.
There were no injuries in the landing and no passing cars were damaged. One of the wings did clip a highway sign, leaving minimal damage.
“Anytime you are landing an aircraft on a major interstate and come out with zero injuries and no real collateral damage, that is just short of a miracle,” Bell said.
Traffic was snarled until a truck towed the plane down Strother Road to the airport. Crews removed fencing to slowly push then pull the plane back to an airport hanger.