Plane collides with car on highway in dramatic emergency landing

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A private, single-engine plane collided with a car on a highway Tuesday morning – and nobody was injured.

The State Patrol says the aircraft took off from the Hawley airport, heading west to Minot, North Dakota. After about 1,000 feet, the engine quit and the pilot had to turn and find an emergency landing spot.

A passenger in the plane, along with the pilot, found a clear spot on Highway 10, eastbound, and brought the plane down on the highway, the Patrol says on its Facebook page.

A Ford Fusion, headed the same direction, was in front of the plane – but after the aircraft touched down, it caught up to the car. The driver reportedly noticed the plane bearing down in her rearview mirror.

The pilot, 57-year-old David Gowan of Minot, tells the Fargo Forum he was able to turn the Mooney 231 Turbo around after the engine died, adding "If you panic, you die."

Gowan told the newspaper the plane was traveling 100 mph when it was airborne and he was able to slow it down some before it caught up to the Fusion.

The plane struck the rear of the driver’s side before the driver could avoid it by driving into the ditch.

No injuries were reported, and the plane was pushed off the roadway into a residential driveway.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating.

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