Small plane makes emergency landing on highway in Cincinnati


CINCINNATI (AP) – Authorities say a small plane has made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 in Cincinnati, but no one aboard the aircraft was injured.

The plane came down around 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the northbound lanes of I-75 near the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. Police quickly shut down that stretch of the roadway, causing travel delays in the area.

Officials told WLWT that the pilot was having engine issues. The pilot was able to radio officials letting them know he was going down prior to the crash.

The pilot was able to land on the highway, and slow down the aircraft before it slammed into a concrete barrier. He was uninjured.

The pilot was the only person in the plane, authorities said. Cincinnati police identified him as John Bennett, 61, of Indianapolis.

“We’re very grateful that he is OK, that no one else was injured,” Lt. Steve Saunders with the Cincinnati Police Department said.

“I think we’re very lucky, because due to the stay-at-home order, traffic was very light on the highway,” Saunders said. “Damage is very minimal to what it could have been.”

The plane was bound for Lunken Airport and is registered to Mel Aviation out of Indianapolis.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, all northbound lanes of I-75 reopened following the emergency landing.

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