Small plane lands on North Carolina interstate

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A small plane landed on the shoulder of Interstate 540 near Leesville Road in Raleigh Tuesday morning and officials credit the pilot with making a “textbook” landing, preventing injury to himself and others.

During a news briefing Tuesday morning, Andrew Sawyer with Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority said shortly before 9 a.m., a single-engine aircraft took off from RDU. Shortly after departure, Sawyer said the pilot radioed back and reported having mechanical issues and asked for an emergency landing.

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