Pilot Forced to Make Emergency Landing on Minnesota Road
A news release issued by the Blaine Police Department says police received a report of a small aircraft approaching the Anoka County-Blaine Airport experiencing low oil pressure. The emergency call came in around 2 p.m.
The pilot told police the plane had taken off from the Cambridge Airport at 1:45 p.m. and was heading to the Flying Cloud Airport in the southern Twin Cities Metro when the aircraft began experiencing low oil pressure. The plane was then diverted to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport however the pilot determined he could not safely make it to that airport.
The pilot then landed the plane onto 125th Ave. Northeast after determining the road was clear of traffic. He landed the aircraft on the shoulder of the four-lane road.
Police say the pilot, who told officers he has 13 years of flying experience, was not hurt. There were no other injuries and no damage reported to the aircraft.
The plane was loaded onto a flatbed truck following the emergency landing. The landing occurred about six hours before a different aircraft crash landed into a retention pond also in the northern Twin Cities Metro.