Planes in trouble have used Florida roads as runways. See the emergency landings

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Pilots of small planes that have lost power or have mechanical issues have used South Florida streets and highways to land through the years.

That happened May 14 when a Cessna tried to land on the Haulover bridge, north of Miami Beach. The plane hit an SUV crossing the bridge and caught fire. One person on the plane died and five others were injured.

Pilots who are able to find less congested areas have more empty space to maneuver and land.

Here are photos and details on some of those crash-landings in Florida:

2015: Davie

Two Florida Highway Patrol officers talk to Scott Richmond, the pilot and owner of a small plane that made an emergency landing Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, on westbound Interstate-595, in Davie, Fla. Richmond said he was heading for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, his landing was delayed for unknown reasons and he ran out of gas. On his way down the plane clipped the roof of a gold Honda, seen behind the plane, according to the FHP. The man driving the car and the pilot were not injured,
Two Florida Highway Patrol officers talk to Scott Richmond, the pilot and owner of a small plane that made an emergency landing Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, on westbound Interstate-595, in Davie, Fla. Richmond said he was heading for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, his landing was delayed for unknown reasons and he ran out of gas. On his way down the plane clipped the roof of a gold Honda, seen behind the plane, according to the FHP. The man driving the car and the pilot were not injured,

2010: Interstate 75

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Herb Schosnig checks for hazards after a Piper single engine plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 on Jan. 28, 2010. The male pilot and a female passenger were en route to Opa-locka Executive Airport from Colombia, Tennessee. The pilot told Broward Sheriff Firefighters that he had engine issues and had to land the plane. BSFR Regional Everglades units were on scene within four minutes of the 911 call. The uninjured couple was en route to Miami for a 5 p.m. cruise when they encountered trouble. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that one lane of I-75 southbound remains open as the Federal Aviation Administration conducts their on scene investigation. The single-engine Piper PA-32, which has six seats, landed on its belly, with the right landing gear bent.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Herb Schosnig checks for hazards after a Piper single engine plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 on Jan. 28, 2010. The male pilot and a female passenger were en route to Opa-locka Executive Airport from Colombia, Tennessee. The pilot told Broward Sheriff Firefighters that he had engine issues and had to land the plane. BSFR Regional Everglades units were on scene within four minutes of the 911 call. The uninjured couple was en route to Miami for a 5 p.m. cruise when they encountered trouble. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that one lane of I-75 southbound remains open as the Federal Aviation Administration conducts their on scene investigation. The single-engine Piper PA-32, which has six seats, landed on its belly, with the right landing gear bent.

1995: Interstate 4

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 4 between Daytona Beach and Orlando, backs up behind a twin engine plane that landed on the highway Wednesday, May 3, 1995, during rush hour after having engine trouble. It came to rest with one wing blocking both lanes. Traffic was funneled onto the shoulder but the morning rush never recovered.
Eastbound traffic on Interstate 4 between Daytona Beach and Orlando, backs up behind a twin engine plane that landed on the highway Wednesday, May 3, 1995, during rush hour after having engine trouble. It came to rest with one wing blocking both lanes. Traffic was funneled onto the shoulder but the morning rush never recovered.

1995: South Dixie Highway

2002: U.S. 27

Florida Highway Patrol troopers Nephtali Rivera, left, and R. Kurnick talk on the shoulder of U.S. 27, just north of the turnpike, beside a plane on Aug. 5, 2002. Judge A. Jay Cristol was flying the Piper Saratoga plane from Fort Myers when the oil pressure warning light came on. Marco then took control of the plane as Cristol worked on communication. “I handled the radio and called mayday,” Cristol said. Marco used northbound U.S. 27 as a landing strip, waiting until traffic was clear until landing. A truck pulled in at the last minute and created a close call, but passed before they landed. “We were losing power, 130, 110, 90, 80. We tried to make it to Opa-locka but couldn’t,” Cristol said. “We were very careful not to land before we went below 55, so we wouldn’t get a ticket,” joked Cristol, who was returning from an Angel flight after dropping off two sick children in Fort Myers. The plane wasn’t damaged in the landing.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers Nephtali Rivera, left, and R. Kurnick talk on the shoulder of U.S. 27, just north of the turnpike, beside a plane on Aug. 5, 2002. Judge A. Jay Cristol was flying the Piper Saratoga plane from Fort Myers when the oil pressure warning light came on. Marco then took control of the plane as Cristol worked on communication. “I handled the radio and called mayday,” Cristol said. Marco used northbound U.S. 27 as a landing strip, waiting until traffic was clear until landing. A truck pulled in at the last minute and created a close call, but passed before they landed. “We were losing power, 130, 110, 90, 80. We tried to make it to Opa-locka but couldn’t,” Cristol said. “We were very careful not to land before we went below 55, so we wouldn’t get a ticket,” joked Cristol, who was returning from an Angel flight after dropping off two sick children in Fort Myers. The plane wasn’t damaged in the landing.

2000: U.S. 27

Flight instructor Damion Lawrence, 20, walked away with no injuries after landing his plane on U.S. 27 at Johnson Street on Nov. 6, 2000. A student pilot was at the controls of the single-engine, two-seater plane when they smelled smoke. Lawrence took over control of the plane and set it down on the highway. The two got out and pushed the plane off the road. The plane is owned by Pelican Airways at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.
Flight instructor Damion Lawrence, 20, walked away with no injuries after landing his plane on U.S. 27 at Johnson Street on Nov. 6, 2000. A student pilot was at the controls of the single-engine, two-seater plane when they smelled smoke. Lawrence took over control of the plane and set it down on the highway. The two got out and pushed the plane off the road. The plane is owned by Pelican Airways at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.

1999: Fort Pierce

St. Lucie County Firefighters closed-off northbound Interstate 95 in Fort Pierce, Fla., after Donald White, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., landed his experimental plane on the Kings Highway overpass after experiencing engine problems Tuesday, June 15, 1999. No one was injured, but the highway was temporarily closed. (AP Photo/The Stuart News,Michael Beebe)
St. Lucie County Firefighters closed-off northbound Interstate 95 in Fort Pierce, Fla., after Donald White, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., landed his experimental plane on the Kings Highway overpass after experiencing engine problems Tuesday, June 15, 1999. No one was injured, but the highway was temporarily closed. (AP Photo/The Stuart News,Michael Beebe)

2014: Miami Beach

A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Miami Beach near Collins Avenue and 58th Street on July 29, 2014.
A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Miami Beach near Collins Avenue and 58th Street on July 29, 2014.

2019: Doral

A small plane made an emergency landing in Doral, near the Miami-Dade County Police Department headquarters, on Nov. 3, 2019.
A small plane made an emergency landing in Doral, near the Miami-Dade County Police Department headquarters, on Nov. 3, 2019.

2000: Hollywood

A single-engine Cessna was forced to land on Sheridan Street in Hollywood, just west of the Intracoastal. Here is the pilot, Ossie Brown 20, on Oct. 28, 2000. The small bridge in the background is where he first touched down.
A single-engine Cessna was forced to land on Sheridan Street in Hollywood, just west of the Intracoastal. Here is the pilot, Ossie Brown 20, on Oct. 28, 2000. The small bridge in the background is where he first touched down.

1996: Pembroke Pines

A Pembroke Pines fireflghter sprays down a single-engine plane that crash-kanded into a neighborhood just north of Perry Airport on May 14, 1996. The plane clipped a house and then landed in the street. The pilot was taken to Memorial Hospital.
A Pembroke Pines fireflghter sprays down a single-engine plane that crash-kanded into a neighborhood just north of Perry Airport on May 14, 1996. The plane clipped a house and then landed in the street. The pilot was taken to Memorial Hospital.

1995: Fort Lauderdale

Fort Launderdale officers and Broward deputies talk with the pilot (in the shorts) of a small plane that made a crash-landing in the parking lot of the Levitz furniture store at Powerline Road and 62nd. Street on April 13, 1995.
Fort Launderdale officers and Broward deputies talk with the pilot (in the shorts) of a small plane that made a crash-landing in the parking lot of the Levitz furniture store at Powerline Road and 62nd. Street on April 13, 1995.

2006: Broward County

Two men escaped injury when engine troubles forced a crashed-landing of a twin-engine plane on Northwest 62nd Street just west of Fort Lauderdale’s Executive airport on May 12, 2006
Two men escaped injury when engine troubles forced a crashed-landing of a twin-engine plane on Northwest 62nd Street just west of Fort Lauderdale’s Executive airport on May 12, 2006

2003: Interstate 75

A father and daughter traveling in this small airplane crash-landed on southbound Interstate 75 just north of Sheridan Street after hitting a power line on Feb. 9, 2003. Neither person had life-threatening injuries. FHP, Davie police and Broward County responded to the scene that shut down southbound I-75 for hours.
A father and daughter traveling in this small airplane crash-landed on southbound Interstate 75 just north of Sheridan Street after hitting a power line on Feb. 9, 2003. Neither person had life-threatening injuries. FHP, Davie police and Broward County responded to the scene that shut down southbound I-75 for hours.

2003: Miramar

David Bezanis, operations supervisor for Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, walks away after inspecting of a single-engine Katana DA 20 airplane on Jan. 6, 2003, following an emergency landing in a road construction site on the Miramar side of Pembroke Road near 118th Avenue. The plane, operated by pilot instructor Khareem Madden, 20, of Pelican Airways at North Perry Airport, and student John Hannan, 21, of Southwest Ranches, developed oil pressure problems while on a training flight over a practice area in West Broward. The men reported that on the way back to Perry Airport they lost oil pressure, smoke filled the cabin and the engine quit. Madden brought the plane down under power lines, followed the flow of traffic, bounced in the street at a break in traffic and turned the plane into the construction area.
David Bezanis, operations supervisor for Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, walks away after inspecting of a single-engine Katana DA 20 airplane on Jan. 6, 2003, following an emergency landing in a road construction site on the Miramar side of Pembroke Road near 118th Avenue. The plane, operated by pilot instructor Khareem Madden, 20, of Pelican Airways at North Perry Airport, and student John Hannan, 21, of Southwest Ranches, developed oil pressure problems while on a training flight over a practice area in West Broward. The men reported that on the way back to Perry Airport they lost oil pressure, smoke filled the cabin and the engine quit. Madden brought the plane down under power lines, followed the flow of traffic, bounced in the street at a break in traffic and turned the plane into the construction area.

2012: West Broward

Helicopter pilots Paul Appleton and a friend from Spain, Javier Romera, take off from the parking lot of Countryside Shops on Flamingo Road in their R22. They had to make an emergency landing the night before, Feb. 7, 2012, due to poor visibility from fog. They got the all clear to take off this morning approx 8:15am and flew back to Executive airport on February 8, 2012.
Helicopter pilots Paul Appleton and a friend from Spain, Javier Romera, take off from the parking lot of Countryside Shops on Flamingo Road in their R22. They had to make an emergency landing the night before, Feb. 7, 2012, due to poor visibility from fog. They got the all clear to take off this morning approx 8:15am and flew back to Executive airport on February 8, 2012.

2002: Dunedin

Emergency personnel investigate the scene where a single engine plane landed on top of a car Friday morning June 28, 2002 in Dunedin, Fla. The plane, piloted by off-duty Clearwater Police Cpl. John Long, tried to land on the road after experiencing engine problems, said Marianne Pasha, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Long, and the driver of the car, Christine Meents of Dunedin, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center, said Cassandra Morrell, a spokeswoman there.
Emergency personnel investigate the scene where a single engine plane landed on top of a car Friday morning June 28, 2002 in Dunedin, Fla. The plane, piloted by off-duty Clearwater Police Cpl. John Long, tried to land on the road after experiencing engine problems, said Marianne Pasha, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Long, and the driver of the car, Christine Meents of Dunedin, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center, said Cassandra Morrell, a spokeswoman there.

1998: New Smyrna Beach

Southbound lane of Interstate 95 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is slowed to one lane as a single engine aiplane sits on the shoulder of the road, Friday, Nov. 20, 1998. The plane, piloted by Donald Kuhn, of Titusville, was forced down after running out of fuel.
Southbound lane of Interstate 95 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is slowed to one lane as a single engine aiplane sits on the shoulder of the road, Friday, Nov. 20, 1998. The plane, piloted by Donald Kuhn, of Titusville, was forced down after running out of fuel.
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