Plane makes emergency landing on Fannin County highway
SAVOY, Texas (KTEN) — A small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 82 near Savoy in Fannin County on Thursday afternoon.
The single-engine aircraft appeared to be intact, save for some damage to its right wing. The pilot and a passenger were unhurt.
According to data from Flightradar24, the Rockwell Commander 114TC took off from McKinney National Airport just before 3 p.m., heading north. Radar indicates the aircraft appeared to run into trouble just after it crossed the Oklahoma state line. The pilot said the plane suffered an engine failure.
The plane headed east; made a loop; then turned south when the pilot spotted U.S. 82.
The pilot said the decision was made to put it down in the westbound lanes — in the flow of traffic — but an 18-wheeler foiled those plans and instead the plane landed going into eastbound traffic, resulting in that damage to the wing.
An FAA database indicates that the plane is owned by James Barnett of Anna, Texas, who registered it in his name less than one month ago.
Traffic on U.S. 82 was detoured around the downed aircraft.
Just last week, another small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 35 in Gainesville, Texas, about 50 miles west of Thursday's incident.
A small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 82 near Savoy in Fannin County. (Google Maps)