Small aircraft crashes into automobile on busy Minnesota freeway

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Brooklyn Park police say it occurred at about 10:32 a.m. within the southbound lanes of Freeway 81 (Bottineau Boulevard) close to West Broadway Avenue, about 6 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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Police say the aircraft was approaching Crystal Airport when it misplaced energy. The pilot then made an emergency touchdown about 2.5 miles northwest of the airport.    

The aircraft clipped a number of energy strains on its means down earlier than colliding with a automobile. The motive force and pilot suffered minor accidents.


“The truth that (the pilot) impacted one automobile and was in a position to put the plane down … might be a testomony to his abilities as a pilot,” mentioned Brooklyn Park Hearth Chief Shawn Conway.

WCCO confirmed the aircraft, a Piper Cherokee, is owned by Thunderbird Aviation.


Authorities give replace on Brooklyn Park aircraft crash

The Air Management Visitors Management Recordings

Flight knowledge exhibits the single-engine Piper Cherokee took off from Crystal Airport at about 7:15 a.m. It flew to South Dakota and again. 

WCCO obtained air site visitors management recordings between the tower and the pilot.

“Did you lose energy?” mentioned an air site visitors controller.

“I do not suppose I’ve energy. I can not make it to the runway,” mentioned the pilot.

The tower then tells different planes to get out of the way in which.

Later, an airborne pilot tells the tower what occurred on the bottom.

“Contact, he is on the freeway,” mentioned one other pilot.

“He is on Freeway 694? 81?” mentioned the air site visitors controller.  

“I imagine that might be, one second, that might be 81,” mentioned the opposite pilot.

Southbound Freeway 81 was closed for a number of hours and reopened late Tuesday afternoon.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.



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