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 – 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 was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but was raised in Jupiter, Florida. He spent 12 years in radio & television before making a career change to computer programming and computer engineering. Andy worked for several technology companies in Atlanta before returning to Florida in 2002. Eventually, he returned to the news sector and joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.