A plane made a "hard landing" on a highway in Virginia with 7 passengers on board

By TravelWiseJan 27, 2024 18:45 PMNews
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A plane made a "hard landing" on a highway in Virginia with 7 passengers on board
The Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft landed on the highway. Source: Virginia State Police

A Cessna 208 Caravan single-engine airplane made a "hard landing" on a highway in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Dulles Airport. Seven people were reportedly on board at the time.

According to law enforcement agencies, the pilot, co-pilot, and five passengers - four adults and a 15-year-old boy - were not injured in the incident but were in a state of shock. According to ABC News, the investigation is being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The highway guardrail was damaged, but no other damage was caused.

A plane made a "hard landing" on a highway in Virginia with 7 passengers on board
Highway guardrail damaged. Source: Virginia State Police

According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane made the hard landing about 35 minutes after taking off from Virginia's Dulles International Airport.

The passengers were en route to Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania.

A driver who observed the incident shared his impressions of the "phenomenal" landing of the plane in an emergency situation.

The passenger plane, he said, flew over the highway at an altitude of about 20 feet and then landed just 30 feet in front of the driver, avoiding power lines, trees, and other obstacles.

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