Plane's emergency landing in traffic

Last updated 11:27 09/01/2014
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PLANE PARKING: The plane came to rest in the middle of a busy road, as seen here in a local TV news shot.

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BUSY ROAD: Traffic continues on around the crash site.

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A US pilot who made a safe emergency landing on a major Anchorage street said he lost power, waited for a break in traffic, then descended onto the snowy median.

Armon Tabrizi said he was not immediately sure where to land before deciding to put the Cessna 172RG Cutlass down in the middle of Boniface Parkway on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Tabrizi, 27, avoided cars and stoplights, and no one in the plane or on the ground was injured.

Two other people were with Tabrizi in the plane, which is owned by Land and Sea Aviation, a flight school based at the city's Merrill Field.

The incident was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I can't talk too much about the investigation that's going on," Tabrizi said. "I'm just glad everybody is fine and stuff, and we'll see what happens."

The plane was on a routine maintenance flight, according to Ben Kinney, a flight instructor and operations supervisor for the company. He said the plane had not had any recent problems or gone through significant mechanical work.

Kinney said he couldn't speculate on what could've gone wrong.

Tabrizi, who also is a flight instructor, said the plane had "significant issues" as it was heading south after departing from Merrill Field.

Passenger Arthur Racicot, a Land and Sea Aviation mechanic, and the other passenger, another pilot, remained calm.

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- AP

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