Small Plane Lands On I-95 In Vero Beach

Pilot makes emergency landing in Vero Beach.
Pilot makes emergency landing in Vero Beach. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

VERO BEACH, Florida – A small plane made an emergency landing early Monday on Interstate 95 in Vero Beach, blocking lanes of traffic for a long period before moving to the median.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the plane was transported to a nearby rest area to be disassembled in Indian River County. The pilot was the only passenger.

FHP said the pilot of the 2004 Piper Cherokee PA-28 departed St. Lucie County International Airport sometime after midnight. The single-engine plane landed south of the State Road 60 exit at mile marker 144 in Vero Beach.

The pilot, a 20-year-old from Saudi Arabia, was not injured. There’s no word on why the pilot made the emergency landing.

According to FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky, a tow truck removed the plane at around 7:00 a.m. this morning. Sgt. Wysocky said the FAA will interview the pilot and owner of the plane to determine what caused the emergency landing.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about a decade. The Jupiter, Florida resident then pursued computers as they were coming to market in the late 1980's. Andy has also been a software programmer and worked as a Senior Systems Analyst/Engineer in the Information Technology sector in Atlanta. He eventually returned to Florida and made Sebastian his home in 2002.
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