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'Almost had a heart attack': Drivers stunned as small plane lands on Parkland highway


The single-prop plane lands on SR 7 near Parkland. (Washington State Patrol Dash Cam Video)
The single-prop plane lands on SR 7 near Parkland. (Washington State Patrol Dash Cam Video)
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PARKLAND, Wash. - A small plane landed Thursday morning on a busy stretch of Pacific Avenue South between Parkland and Spanaway, stunning motorists but causing no damage or injuries, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The single-prop KR2 aircraft landed on Pacific Avenue South, also known as State Route 7, between 135th and 143rd streets, after a fuel system malfunction caused the plane to stall, officials said.

"I was flying to work and my engine quit and made a forced landing on Pac. Ave.," said pilot David Acklam.

No one was injured in the incident, said Johnna Batiste of the Washington State Patrol. But many motorists watched in shock and amazement as the plane come down along a stretch of the highway where there happened to be a break in the traffic.

One driver, Dennis Diessner, said the plane came so close to his car that he thought he could have reached out and touched it.

"I thought his wing was gonna take the top of my car off," Diessner told KOMO News. "I almost had a heart attack."

He said he pulled over to make sure the pilot was OK after landing. "You know, the lid popped open and he popped out of there like jack-in-the-box."

"It's certainly not something you see every day," Batiste said.

She said the plane had a fuel malfunction, so essentially it stalled like a car as it flew over the heavily populated area.

"He (the pilot) could see the straight stretch of roadway, and he knew he had to make an emergency landing, and he was able to do so safely," Batiste added. "It was a series of very lucky events. There happened to be a break in traffic and the plane did not come into contact with any vehicles or pedestrians."

She said Trooper Clint Thompson happened to be in the area as the plane landed and captured the landing on his patrol car dash cam. Thompson doubled back and helped the pilot push the plane off the roadway into a parking lot.

"I thought it was a remote-controlled plane at first. But as it got closer it kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger -- looked like it was getting closer to the ground," Thompson said. "I decided to make a U-turn, turn on my emergency lights and try to slow traffic down to give him a place to land. In my 21 years, this is a first."

He was asked if troopers train for this type of situation at all.

"I'm going to go with 'no'," Thompson smiled.

Acklam says the plane will be disassembled to remove from the area.

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"I would like to thank the trooper for what he did probably saved me from serious injury or death and somebody else from getting in a car crash with the plane," Acklam said. "Thanks to the State Patrol... and it's a good day to be alive."

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