A small, single-engine aircraft flying to Soldotna, Alaska, with two people onboard experienced engine failure and landed on a highway Sunday afternoon. The pilot, Robbie Smithwick, was flying the Taylorcraft BC-12, when he lost power and set down on the road near Cook Inlet Academy on K-Beach Road.
Smithwick was able to repair the “T-craft” by Monday afternoon in the school’s parking lot while police kept onlookers away. The students and staff of Cook Inlet Academy watched Smithwick taxi the plane out of the parking lot to the road to take off. Cars pulled to the side of the road to create a makeshift runway for the small aircraft. Smithwick was able to bring the light, high-wing plane up to speed on K-Beach Road while avoiding power lines. He flew the plane to the nearby airport and landed safely.
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