Saturday , May 26, 2018 - 8:13 AM6 comments
Editor’s note: This story was again updated with new information at 10:30 a.m.
RIVERDALE — A flight instructor made an emergency landing on Interstate 15 Saturday morning, flying under an overpass and hitting one car in the process.
No one was injured in the incident, authorities said.
Andrew Battenfield, a spokesman with the Utah Highway Patrol, said the aircraft flew underneath the Riverdale Road overpass structure and landed on the freeway. The plane is intact.
Dispatchers confirmed the incident was reported to them at 7:54 a.m. Two southbound lanes of the freeway were closed, the Utah Department of Transportation said, but traffic continued to use one lane.
Battenfield said the female flight instructor was training a 35-year-old student when the plane lost power.
“They were doing touch-and-goes at the Ogden airport when the plane started having mechanical malfunctions,” Battenfield said. “That’s when she took control and landed the plane.”
Battenfield confirmed the plane hit one car, but no one was injured in the plane or the car. The driver of the car, Mayra Ramirez, was taking her husband and two children to a soccer tournament.
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The family was traveling south from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Farmington.
“I heard this really loud noise. I thought it was a motorcycle but when I looked in the rearview mirror, it was a plane,” she said. “It was both a little scary and surreal.”
Ramirez’s children, ages 9 and 5, were sleeping when the plane hit their car from behind.
“They woke up pretty shook,” Ramirez said.
Two of the vehicle’s windows shattered and the plane clipped the top, causing minor damage. The family was able to drive to a soccer tournament in Farmington.
A tow truck picked up the airplane at about 9:15 a.m. and the road was reopened by 9:40 a.m.
Matt Herp, Kyle Hansen and Leia Larsen contributed to this report.
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