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Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing On Canadian Highway

Claire Reid

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Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing On Canadian Highway

This is the moment a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway in Canada.


The small plane experienced a mechanical issue while flying above Highway 40, prompting the pilot to perform an emergency landing near to Jean Lesage International Airport.

Before it lands, the plane can be seen with black smoke pouring from the back.


Perhaps the most incredible thing about this clip is the completely chilled response from the motorists who calmly drive along while the plane moves ahead of them, with one car even going around the plane before it comes to a standstill.

One eyewitness told CBC: "I was pretty surprised. First time I've ever seen a plane on a highway, except in the movies."

Credit: Mathieu Leclerc via Storyful
Credit: Mathieu Leclerc via Storyful

A spokesperson from the local fire department said the plane landed safely and the pilot was not injured.


Traffic was stopped briefly while emergency crews escorted the plane off the road.

Sergeant Helene Nepton of the provincial police told CTV News: "We received calls mentioning that an airplane was landing on westbound Highway 40.

"Fortunately, the aircraft landed without a collision, and then no one was injured. In fact, traffic was able to resume quickly in the area."

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time a plane has made an emergency landing on a Canadian highway.


Last year, motorist Roberto Alexander Castillo was driving home from work with his boss in British Columbia when he saw a small plane land after losing a fuel cap from one of its wings.

Castillo said: "My co-worker, who is also my boss, was driving and I saw the plane coming down on the highway. I told him, 'Hey hey, look at that plane, man!'

"I was like, 'Right in front of us, that plane is gonna crash!' So he pulled over and we were like, 'What are we gonna do?' Because we saw a big truck coming up behind the plane and we thought they were going to collide.

"But they landed well, really well. At that moment I thought maybe they were filming a movie or something."


The plane was reportedly being piloted by a flight instructor, who had taken off from Boundary Bay Airport for a lesson with a student. Not ideal.

However, the instructor's boss, Peter Schlieck of the Canadian Flight Centre, praised his employee for making a 'perfect' emergency landing.

He said: "He did a perfect job, no one was harmed and there wasn't a scratch on the plane."

Featured Image Credit: Mathieu Leclerc via Storyful

Topics: World News, Canada

Claire Reid
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