10 planes that crashed on busy South Florida roads

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 25, 1991: A twin-engine Beechcraft belly-landed in a North Lauderdale cemetery after smashing through a brick wall, sliding under the McNab Road overpass on U.S. 441 before exploding. The pilot only had minor injuries.

October 16, 1994: An experimental plane lost power 3,000 feet in the air, so the pilot landed on I-75 westbound at Arvida Parkway, merging with traffic and coasting into the median.

January 29, 1996: A pilot with two passengers and engine trouble on his 1981 Piper Archer aircraft made a safe landing in the eastbound lane of I-75 less than a mile west of the I-595 and I-75 interchange in Broward County. He had weaved from one side of Interstate 75 to the other and managed to dodge highway signs and traffic.

May 15, 2001: A twin-engine Cessna P337 Skymaster ripped through a chain-link fence on the west side of Northwest 31st Avenue in Broward County, causing two minor accidents as the plane skidded across six lanes of traffic. The plane, occupied by two people, finally stopped on the other side of the thoroughfare, just north of Prospect Road. Its two occupants suffered only minor injuries.

June 21, 2001: An 83-year-old pilot safely landed his homemade single-engine plane along the Sawgrass Expressway near the Oakland Park Boulevard exit in Sunrise.

August 7, 2001: A small 1967 Mooney MO20 crash-landed onto North Andrews Avenue at the beginning of the afternoon rush hour, skidding for a block before rear-ending a county bus and coming to a stop at the Cypress Creek Road intersection. Officials reported no serious injuries, but the crash closed the busy intersection near Interstate 95 for more than four hours. The pilot and passenger were only slightly hurt.

January 25, 2002: As his airplane's engine began to sputter, the pilot landed on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of the turnpike, just south of the Yamato Road overpass, and rolled about 200 yards before coming to a stop alongside gawking motorists. The left wing of his plane clipped a construction sign, but the plane landed on its wheels and the pilot was unhurt.

January 6, 2003: An instructor-pilot and his student in a 1995 Katana DA20 lost engine power over Miramar, and landed on the shoulder on the south side of Pembroke Road between Hiatus Road and Flamingo Road. Neither man was injured.

May 14, 2006: The 21-year-old pilot of twin-engine Cessna 414, who began having engine trouble, safely landed his plane in the 3500 block of Cypress Creek Road near the turnpike.

August 1, 2007: The pilot of a 1979 Piper Aerostar made a fiery forced landing on the side of Cypress Creek Road, near the busy intersection of Powerline and Cypress Creek roads, almost crashing into fast-food restaurants, gas stations and office buildings. The busted-up aircraft came to rest in front of an executive office park after skidding into a tree and bursting into flames. The three occupants walked away with only minor injuries.

September 6, 2009: The pilot of a single-engine fixed-wing plane he had constructed crashed onto Yamato Road at the entrance to the Congress Center shopping plaza. The pilot, who had been practicing "touch and goes," was killed.

Source: Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald archives

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