Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Highway 101

Single-Engine Cessna Touches Down Near Mariposa Reina, Takes El Capitan Exit

Friday, September 27, 2013
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A small plane experiencing engine problems was forced to make an emergency landing on Highway 101 at around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. The single-engine Cessna touched down on the southbound side of the highway a mile south of Mariposa Reina near Gaviota, fire officials said, before taxiing off the highway at the El Capitan exit.

Only the pilot was on board, and he walked away without any injuries. No cars were involved, though southbound lanes are currently closed and trafficking is backing up. The plane was on its way to the Santa Barbara Airport but its unclear where it was flying from.

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Wow what a wild ride that must have been!

deniseL (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 7:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Prior to El Cap, the pilot could have pulled off the freeway at the Lookout, Arroyo Quemada, and Refugio. Why did the pilot wait until El Cap? Maybe the airport at Goleta seemed so close, the pilot thought he or she might as well just drive there.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 8:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope the pilot used the proper hand signal to turn off 101

passagerider (anonymous profile)
September 28, 2013 at 2:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The details posted don't make sense.

Landed near Mariposa Reina, took off again at El Cap.

So he drove on 101 for about 10 miles?

cycleboy (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 11:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Santa Barbara's first Panga Plane.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Incorrect on taxi off El Cap exit. He took off from exactly where he landed, 3-4 miles north of Refugio. Blocked the right lane with his left wing. I was right Behind him a minute after he touched down. Rookie pilot ran out of gas. There are power wires across 101 1000 yards from where he landed and center divider is too bumpy to land on. He did a great job landing. A car stopped in the right lane, with flashers on to protect him. Good thing, I was Behind two huge 18 wheelers in the right lane.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope he had AAA

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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