Plane Lands on Freeway

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    A plane was forced to make an emergency landing on state Route 125 in San Diego on Friday morning, according to officials.

    The incident happened just after 11 a.m. near Otay Mesa Road in South Bay, just north of Otay River Bridge.

    Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine plane Cessna 150 lost power, which is why it landed on SR-125. The plane was flying from Ensenada to Brown Field.

    There was one pilot on board and he was not injured.

    Plane Lands on Freeway

    [DGO] Plane Lands on Freeway
    A pilot talks to NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine about landing on a freeway Friday morning.

    "This is the first time I've landed on a freeway," pilot Jim Truitt said.

    Truitt said his engine began to sputter so he contacted the tower at Brown Field. Once he landed on the road, he immediately taxied over to the side of the road after landing.  Truitt has had his license for more than 35 years and said he managed to make a smooth landing.

    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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