Plane Engine Failure in Franklin Co Investigated
Civil Air Patrol employees are trying to figure out why a plane engine stopped working during a flight Friday night in Franklin County.
A single-engine Cessna 182 belonging to the Washington Wing of the Civil Air Patrol made a successful emergency landing on U.S. Route 395 at milepost 39, just south of Connell Friday night.
Two people were onboard.
Around 8:30 PM that night, the aircraft departed the Tri-Cities airport after a full day of CAP aircrew training exercises.
After reaching an altitude of 5,500 feet, the pilot radioed to local air traffic control that the aircraft’s engine was having problems.
After completing an in-flight emergency checklist, the plane’s engine stopped, and the pilot made an emergency landing on the freeway.
Nobody on the ground or in the plane was injured.
Crews removed the disabled plane from the freeway early Saturday morning.
CAP personnel plan to remove the wings and put the plane on a trailer so it may be brought to the Tri-Cities Airport, so they can investigate what caused the engine to stop.