The pilot of a small single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on Highway 101 in Ukiah this afternoon after experiencing engine problems.
Engineer Waylon Hockemier of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority told the Daily Journal from the scene that the pilot lost a cylinder in his engine before safely putting the plane down in the northbound lane of the highway.
“Everybody’s okay,” Hockmier said. “He got it off the highway, and it was a textbook emergency landing.”
According to the FAA registry for the plane’s tail number, the Cessna 150E is owned by Lee Barlow of Fort Bragg.
According to a California Highway Patrol press release sent to kymkemp.com, the pilot made an emergency landing at 12:15 p.m. near Gobbi Street, and successfully maneuvered his plane out of traffic.
“No injuries were reported by the pilot and he elected to make arrangements for a mechanic to respond,” the CHP press release reads. “A freeway perimeter fence was removed and the aircraft was pushed into an adjacent field for the safety of all involved and so freeway traffic would not be impacted.”