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UPDATE: Small plane makes landing on U.S. 40

Friday, March 19, 2010

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The pilot of a small engine plane safely landed in the median of United States 40 near the Clay/Putnam county line shortly before 7:20 p.m., Friday evening. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Emergency response personnel responded to a plane crash at the median of United States 40 near the Clay/Putnam county line Friday evening.

Although details are limited due to the pending investigation, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times the plane was reported down on the highway shortly before 7:20 p.m.

Apparently, the unidentified Ohio pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries during an emergency landing.

Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the plane drop from the sky above vehicles traveling on the roadway in Clay County and ended with the plane coming to a stop facing east just on the other side of Putnam County line at the intersection of County Road 500 East.

The plane apparently sustained minor damage to the left side of the wing when it hit a traffic sign while landing.

Per protocols, the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post and the Federal Aviation Administration are handling the investigation into the crash for which no cause has been determined.

Traffic was rerouted around the closed portion of US 40 to insure the integrity of the crash site investigation and safe removal of the aircraft.

Local emergency response personnel from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County Search and Rescue, Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, Wayne Township (Putnam County) Volunteer Fire Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and TransCare also responded to the scene.

This story may be updated should more details become available.


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Thank God no one was hurt! Any port in a storm, but I'll bet that was a scary landing!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 9:03 PM

Heck of a landing. So glad no one was injured.

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 9:42 PM

That is an awesome picture. Great landing by the pilot and praise God no one killed.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 4:14 AM

You think the pilot was scared; can you imagine being a driver on 40 and seeing a plane coming at you?

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 8:36 AM

what a landing made by the pilot. he is to be praise for the good landing and no one hurt.he is one i,d like if in a plane and in a emergency landing. did a great job,Praise God no one hurt.

-- Posted by marys7@verizon.net on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 3:38 PM

oYo...This doesn't say anything about running out of gas?????Anyway, thank god for safe landing.

-- Posted by nurse92 on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 4:06 PM


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