Plane Makes Nosedive Emergency Landing Onto California Freeway Following Engine Failure

A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, just outside San Diego, on Thursday.

The single-engine Cessna 182 plane was reported to have nosedived onto the freeway near the Tamarack Avenue ramp after experiencing engine trouble, with the cockpit having been "filled with smoke," according to officials from the City of Carlsbad, FOX 5 San Diego reports.

The plane was reported to have skidded to a stop after its landing gear failed. But the aircraft was reported to have remained upright, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both the pilot and passenger of the plane reported no injuries and no vehicles near the crash site were damaged, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were briefly closed on Thursday but all were reported to have reopened completely by around midnight, according to ABC 10News San Diego.

The two people on board were traveling from El Monte to Carlsbad and were about two miles from the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad when the aircraft made its crash landing.

Air traffic controllers were reported to have lost contact with the aircraft around 7:05 p.m. (local time) before it crash landed onto the freeway around 7.10 p.m (local time), according to Mike Lopez, a division chief with the Carlsbad Fire Department, KTLA 5 reports.

The plane is registered to Viola LLC in Covina and its flight status was valid through 2022, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, KTLA 5 reports.

The incident is currently under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash.

Last month, a single-engine aircraft in Utah also made a crash landing on a freeway. The Piper aircraft hit the billboard advertising the Chick-Fil-A fast-food chain and landed on the shoulder of Interstate 15. The plane was thought to belong to a flight school and took off from Ogden-Hinckley airport in Weber County, Utah.

Both pilot and the passenger were taken to hospital by ambulance and a medical helicopter, while another bystander who also helped the occupants after the crash was hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

Earlier this month, nine people, including two children, were killed after a plane crashed in South Dakota following severe weather conditions. The Pilatus PC-12 single-engine plane crashed just after taking off from Chamberlain Municipal Airport in Brule County, roughly 140 miles west of Sioux Falls.

Cessna plane New Mexico airport September 2019
A Cessna 510 jet airplane pictured at Santa Fe Municipal Airport in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September 2019. Getty Images