Small Plane Makes ‘Miracle’ Emergency Landing on Busy California Freeway
Izzy Slod, 24, of North Hollywood was flying a small 1971 Beechcraft Bonanza plane with a passenger Daniel Gross, 25, from San Diego to Van Nuys on Sunday, Jan. 28, around 7:30 p.m.
Then, suddenly, the engine died. Slod, an experienced pilot, had a tough decision to make: Land on the beach, try to make it several miles to John Wayne Airport, or land on the 55 Freeway.
“You have a minute, maybe two minutes max to figure something out,” Slod told NBC4. “I went with my gut on the freeway. I didn’t know if I was going to make it.”
“I saw an opening on the highway and I went for it right away,” he told KTLA. But there was an overpass in the way.
“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,” Slod said.
He landed near the Del Mar Avenue exit in Costa Mesa.
No injuries were reported, Costa Mesa Fire Department stated. Traffic, however, was significantly delayed on the busy freeway.