Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on U.S. 40 After Power Failure

John Snyder

A small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 40 Friday night near the Putnam and Clay county line.

It happened just after 7:20 p.m., when the single-engine Cessna 177 touched down on the U.S. highway near County Road 900 West, forcing east and westbound traffic to come to a standstill as police closed the road.

State Police say the pilot, 66-year-old John Snyder of Carmel, left Toledo, Ohio, and planned to land in Terre Haute. A 13-year-old family friend was also aboard the plane.

Snyder told investigators his aircraft lost power, forcing him to find an acceptable landing location.

The Cessna flew over two vehicles, landed in front of them, and then came to a stop on the median. The left wings clipped a few highway signs and sustained minor damage. No vehicles were injured and no drivers were hurt.

Snyder suffered minor cuts and scrapes. His teenage passenger was not injured.

The FAA and NTSB are now in charge of the investigation.

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