Small plane lands on Mon-Fayette Expressway

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A two-person plane made an emergency landing on the Mon-Fayette Expressway this morning, surprising some who drove by.

The 1946 Universal Stinson, in which two people were flying, took off in Rostraver and was heading toward Waynesburg when it encountered some propeller problems about 3,000 feet in the air.

The pilot, whose identity was not immediately available, landed about 11 a.m. in Centerville, Washington County, and managed to pull off to the side of an on-ramp, said Carl DeFebo, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Preliminary information given to the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that the plane might have had some sort of engine trouble.

A driver on the highway flagged down a state police trooper shortly afterward and fire, EMS, state police and Turnpike maintenance workers quickly went to the scene.

FAA investigators were expected to arrive at the scene this afternoon.

No one was injured and no property was damaged. Traffic appeared to be moving well, Mr. DeFebo said.

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Liz Navratil:, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published August 6, 2013 12:30 AM


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