Plane lands on Highway 97 near Prince George

Pilot safely makes emergency landing on a highway

A pilot who caused an unusual traffic hazard in northern British Columbia after safely making an emergency landing on a highway initially had some trouble getting the plane airborne again.

RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says the pilot of the single-engine Cessna 172 made the emergency landing Wednesday on Highway 97 about 50 kilometres north of Prince George.

It was snowing at the time and when RCMP learned of the incident the pilot had already landed safely and steered his aircraft to a paved area off the highway so the road was not blocked.

But Douglass says the RCMP turned down the man’s request to close Highway 97 so he could take off when the weather cleared.

Douglass says highway officials also rejected the request due to concerns about liability.

In the meantime, the Transportation Department’s online route-planning service issued a tweet advising drivers to use caution because the plane was a visual distraction at the side of the road.

A ministry official says the pilot was able to take off late Wednesday without incident or the assistance of police or highways workers.

The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Retiring staff feted by School District 8

Teachers, custodians and staff were honoured Thursday

Possible Kermode Bear spotted near Castlegar

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run on May 27

UPDATED: Cavalcade is on! L.V. Rogers grads to parade through city next month

The annual event has been given the green light to run June 13

Nakusp RCMP seize large quantity of drugs during seach warrant on May 27

The warrant was conducted in the 300th block of 8th Avenue NW

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Help the Nelson Star continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Black Press is now accepting donations to keep its papers operating

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

COVID-19: B.C. too dependent on foreign food production workers

New B.C. job site links unemployed with farm, seafood work

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

Most Read