Plane forced to land on road

no one injured

February 14, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A single-engine airplane experiencing mechanical problems was forced to land yesterday on a highway in Prince George's County, state police said.

A white Cessna 150, operated by ATC Flight Training Center at Potomac Airfield, landed about 11: 15 a.m. on the three northbound lanes of Route 210, about four miles south of Fort Washington, said Sgt. Russell Newell of the Forestville Barracks.

The plane did not hit any vehicles, Newell said.

Gasacyoya Musafiri, a flight instructor, and his student, who was not identified, were not injured, Newell said.

"This is the general aviation equivalent of someone pulling over on the road with a flat tire," said David Wortofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield, south of Washington, where the plane took off and was scheduled to land.

Wortofsky called the landing "precautionary" and said he was unsure what the mechanical trouble was.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

The highway was not closed and the aircraft was towed in the early afternoon, Newell said.

Phone calls to ATC Flight Training Center, one of three flight schools operating from the small airport, were not returned.

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