Small plane makes emergency landing on Interstate 8

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

NEAR STANFIELD, Ariz. -- A small plane had to make an emergency landing Tuesday evening on eastbound Interstate 8 at milepost 156.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a call from the FAA in reference to an aircraft sending a "mayday" message, and that the plane was descending.

Units arrived on scene, and the plane landed on Interstate 8.

The pilot and a 10-year-old female were reportedly on board, but were not injured.  A third passenger may also have been on board.

The pilot reported that  the plane had mechanical issues which forced the landing.

The FAA will investigate. 

Part of the wing was blocking a small portion of the roadway, but the interstate is open.

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Small plane lands on Arizona freeway; no one hurt

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) -- A small plane reporting mechanical trouble made an emergency landing on a highway in south-central Arizona, but none of the three people aboard were injured.

Authorities said the pilot landed on Interstate 8 southwest of Phoenix on Tuesday night after sending a "mayday" distress message to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot, his wife and their 10-year-old daughter were not injured.

Responding officers found the plane on the side of the highway, with one wing protruding into a traffic lane by about 6 feet.

The aircraft was able to taxi a few miles down the freeway with a police escort to a clearing where it will remain until a mechanic can check it out.

A section of the highway partially reopened several hours after the forced landing.

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