Small plane makes emergency landing on highway in Anchorage, Alaska

5:50 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) -- A small plane landed on a busy East Anchorage parkway Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured.

The single-engine aircraft landed on a Parkway shortly after 1 p.m., according to police.

While the landing was initially reported as a crash, responding crews learned the plane lost power with three people on board just after taking off from Merrill Field.

APD Lt. Mark Thelen, who responded to the scene, said the pilot of the Cessna 172RG Cutlass attempted to make it to nearby Campbell Airstrip and then to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

That effort failed, and the pilot dropped onto Boniface Parkway for an emergency landing.

The plane came to a rest on the snow-covered median, and neither the plane's passengers nor motorists were injured.

Arthur Racicot was one of three people on board the plane.

He would not speak in detail because he said he still needed to provide his account of what happened to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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