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Plane makes second emergency landing on Jackson County interstate

By Staff reports
Courtesy of Jen Brown-Morris
A small plane twice landed on Interstate 77 in Jackson County — once Monday evening and again on Tuesday afternoon.

A plane again touched down on Interstate 77 in Jackson County on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after its first emergency landing.

The plane remained nearby Monday night, and officials made way for an interstate takeoff Tuesday, said Walter Smittle, director of Jackson County 911.

He said workers closed the road for less than five minutes as the pilot took off.

The pilot traveled toward Charleston but, for the second time, the plane’s engine soon failed.

“The landing was almost the exact same location as yesterday,” Smittle said.

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub, an approximately 1,400-pound aircraft, twice landed on the northbound side of Interstate 77, near Fairplain.

Jackson County Emergency Services relocated the plane to an empty parking lot, and the interstate reopened shortly after.

Smittle said the pilot had two options Tuesday: dismantle the plane and transport it, or get approval for another takeoff.

“The key thing is safety, and we’re thankful that everything is in one piece,” he said.

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