Small Plane Pulls off Emergency Landing on 55 freeway


Photo courtesy of OC register and contributing photographer Richard Kohler

A small Beech G33 landed on the northbound 55 freeway near Del Mar Avenue in Costa Mesa, the emergency landing took place at around 7:35 pm on January 29, 2018, according to OC register.

The Costa Mesa Fire Department reported no one was hurt and the plane landed safely with no collisions or damage. The plane took off from San Diego and was inbound towards Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando Valley, according to LA Times.

The pilot, 24 year old Izzy Slod of North Hollywood, and passenger Daniel Gross were en route to Van Nuys when the engine of the Beechcraft Bonanza G33 lost power during mid-flight. The pilot then informed air traffic control that he would be attempting to land on the 55 Freeway near the Orange County Fairgrounds, according to FOX.

Izzy told KTLA 5 that he had the option of flying the plane to John Wayne Airport or landing on the beach, but strong winds prevented from getting to the airport. Izzy stated, “I saw an opening on the highway and I went for it right away,” Izzy said. “I had to make a last minute, last second judgement on whether or not we could make it over, and we didn’t have the airspeed to make it over, so I went under it.” Costa Mesa Fire Captain. Chris Coatez said the call came in as a plane crash at the fairgrounds, but first responders found the plane entirely intact. Coatez said it was a “complete miracle” that traffic was light on the freeway when the pilot decided to land there, according to KTLA 5.

Florentina Olivera of the California Traffic Patrol stated, “Typically on a Sunday night you have a lot of traffic coming from the beach, going back home.” Olivera added “It was very fortunate that he didn’t hit any vehicles or cause any injuries.” The FFA said it will investigate, according to ABC News.