Plane makes emergency landing on Elliott Highway

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A plane made an emergency landing on the Elliott Highway near Fairbanks, but no one was injured.

Bill McIntire, pilot of the single-engine Cessna 208, was nearing the end of a two-hour flight Monday when the engine failed just north of Fairbanks.

McIntire and his co-pilot, Terrell Bailey, quickly scanned the area for a place to put the plane down. Then they coasted to a landing on the highway.

The men managed to avoid two sets of power lines and a truck before landing safely. There was no damage to the plane.

Traffic on the highway was blocked for about 90 minutes while the plane was moved off the road.

McIntire is a pilot for Wright Air Service and has been flying for about 45 years.

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