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, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.