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(Video) Dashcam of plane landing on road in Irvine, CA

A small plane with an instructor and student pilot made an emergency landing on an Irvine street Wednesday evening, authorities said. The Piper Cherokee aircraft landed at 6:18 p.m. near John Wayne Airport at Red Hill and McGaw avenues during rush-hour traffic, coming to a stop at MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine Police spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. ( More...

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linbb 17
Don't see the problem as it had the green light. Talk about having everything come up just right, light didn't change against it, no one turning right. The only problem I can see is a ticket for blocking two lanes. The pilot did an excellent job here.
Bill Harris 3
Should have turned on the emergency flashers after the stop at the curb, too.
I love how all the cars just go around it like this happens every day and it's no big deal.
Dwight Hartje 2
Don't see this everyday! Good emergency landing! Almost as good as a real runway! A 5 lane street comes close to typical runway with for small GA aircraft.
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Small plane makes emergency landing on a street near John Wayne Airport

A small Piper Cherokee aircraft made an emergency landing at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on southbound Red Hill Avenue just north of MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine, according to the Irvine Police Department.,0,5281960.story
Maybe a emergency bathroom break?
usaf12367 1
I wish I saw this every day
Bob Carlson 1
It'd be interesting to hear from the pilot if he was actually able to control things enough to get that green light! I often have trouble IN A VEHICLE timing things out from light to light to make the next green.
8984p 1
Probably some 2 for 1 sale
corey1989 1
Daniel Baker 1
At least he landed with the green light
matt jensen -1
like the video following it better -
TQuiroz72 -1
This sounds like a Future Southwest Airlines pilot landing mistakenly at the wrong airport.
Bill Root 1
Thank you for that insightful comment.
sam kuminecz -2
its a hefty fine landing on a interstate I know....about 35,000
they claim its disrupting interstate commerce
even though its not your fault in a emergency

I don't know about local roads

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sam kuminecz 1
If your forced to land on a highway and you take out a road sign or clip a car... In CA your liable for the damages...

The owner, lessee, or operator of the aircraft is liable, as provided by law, for damages caused by a forced landing.
sam kuminecz 0
sam kuminecz -1
A pilot in NYS was fined for landing a Cessna 172 on interstate 90...the FAA paid the fine because the controller have him permission to land in the grass between east an west bound lanes...
Every jurisdiction county state province town whatever has it's own rules or lack of rules...

Technically aircraft don't pay tolls...are they "breaking" a law if they use a part of a toll road? It all depends who you ask and how financially strapped the little town in the middle of nowhere is

I don't agree with it...
Nor do i agree with the southern town that has a fire tax and if you don't pay and your house is on fire, they watch it burn down...
There are FAR regulations about landing off field...stay away from people and power lines...but vehicles are supposed to yield to aircraft according to the DOT...lack of people and lawmakers knowing the rules makes this very challenging problem
Jesse Carroll 1
I had to deal with the fee for fireman many years ago in Austin, Texas.
We had a local Vol. Department that did just that. No Ticky no laundry.
They where sued big time and lost the case.
I believe the Feds passed a law forbidding this action again...Just saying.
preacher1 1
I'll stay out of the fine part. I am curious as to where that Southern town is. I am a Volunteer Fire Dept. member. Our county is dived into fire districts with each district responsible for assessing and collecting their own dues. We fight all fires we are dispatched on. We have annual member dues but if you are not a member and we are called., you are assessed $500 and that is enforceable and collectible by law. We do not watch your place burn.
sam kuminecz 2
Obion County, Tennessee

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. The mayor said if homeowners don't pay, they're out of luck.
Jim Downie 1
We're getting off the subject of airplane landings.
sam kuminecz 2
Jim I agree, but the bigger picture is that people don't know rules or laws until they're faced with them...wether it's a fire code in Tennessee or a off airport landing in California

Everyone has the opinion on what is considered an emergency, but what matters is that the pilot made a decision and walked away alive...that's all that matters
Jim Downie 1
Agreed, but here is what some folks think: "Believe it or not, our Interstate Highway System was designed with aircraft use in mind. They were started in 1956 after Congress began enacting interstate building legislation - The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways Act. The legislation calls for one (1) mile of every five (5) be perfectly straight to allow for military air strips in time of war. There are some exceptions to the 1:5 rule, but very few. The most well know of the Eisenhower Interstate is Route 80/90 from Boston to Seattle. (Rte. 80 and Rte. 90 and the same from Cleveland, OH to Gary, IN)."
sam kuminecz 1
I live off the 90 in Buffalo... It does zigzag a lot but overpasses seem to be spaced about a mile apart...I don't know you got me wondering
joel wiley 1
OTOH there is I-5 up Calif's central valley where the space shuttle vould land.
sam kuminecz 1
There is a airport in Gambia Africa that was a alternate airport for the shuttle... Banjul?
BaronG58 1 in five mile is a myth. Has been around for years. Interstate Highway System discussion started in early 1900's. Eisenhower implemented it, His military experience convinced him of how important is was to be able to move military assets in a fast and efficient manner. The birth of our interstate system was for civil defense.
sam kuminecz 1

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preacher1 4
We do check after the fact to see if they are a member or not but that does not stop the dispatch. Their dues are about twice what ours are as well. I guess if that is known on the front end then it's legal, but I couldn't sit there with a tank full of water pump/hose and watch somebody's place burn. That just ain't right.
sam kuminecz 2
I agree...
they belong on yahoo or somewhere else than here
Ruger9X19 2
Thank you for your valuable contribution to the topic.
sam kuminecz -2
California law forbids it unless you get the local authorities permission (not towers)
Ruger9X19 3
You cannot be fined as the very link you provided states:
"(b) The landing, takeoff, or taxiing of an aircraft on a public freeway, highway, road, or street is unlawful except in the following cases:

(1) A forced landing.

As for damages that is not a fine, that is required everywhere. You can't break someone else's stuff and not compensate them. It is the reason you should have liability insurance. If you crash into anything I own you can be darn sure I'm going to ask to be compensated for what you broke.
sam kuminecz 0
whats the difference between an emergency landing and a forced landing?
Ruger9X19 2
Getting off into the weeds here but according to the AOPA off airport landings are defined as :

1.Precautionary landings are made with power in anticipation of a real emergency.
2.Forced landings are made with a dead engine.
3.Ditching is a forced landing in water.

Personally I would add rare but still applicable aircraft control issues and icing problems to the Forced landing definition. If the aircraft is no longer capable of sustaining flight the landing is forced.

That being said the code you posted also states "The prosecution bears the burden of proving that none of the exceptions apply to the act which is alleged to be unlawful."

Therefore unless you do something as stupid as that guy a few years back did and declare an emergency for the only purpose of landing on a beach, you should be okay as they have to prove the aircraft was capable of sustaining flight and wouldn't be hazardous to the people on board or in the flight path to the airport and that would be a tough thing to prove legally.
sam kuminecz 1
Ruger...Thanks for the clarification
Bill Bailey 1
An example of an "emergency" landing I had to make: IFR out of Houston SW to Shreveport, LA. I was IFR in a Mooney at 6,000 and in close proximity to IAH (G.Bush Intercontinental) when I lost all electrical, in heavy rain, solid IFR. I continued for about an hour to VFR and landed at San Augustine, TX. Called Ft. Worth Center to cancel and let them know what happened, etc. They were happy and nothing else was ever said. I flew the plane back to Houston, with my partner in another plane to handle communications and a mechanic found the problem...I had the Mooney in for an annual a couple days before the flight and the seal around the cowling in front of the windscreen was leaking water onto the avionics. Nice!
sam kuminecz -2
California Public Utilities Code Section 21662.1:
cliff731 5
Sam, here's my take on this event... That instructor pilot and student pilot... and that Piper Cherokee were indeed very lucky with the outcome of such a landing on a busy boulevard in Irvine, California!

"Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing"... applies here equally.

As for facing the strong arm of justice, i.e - fines, penalties, arrest, etc. - it all reminds me of the old axiom that it's much better to be judged by twelve than carried by six... nobody died... nobody was hurt... the aircraft wasn't even dented... and considering where they landed, that's something akin to a miracle. All that follows is epilogue - and nobody needed an obituary written in the end.

Being on top of the dirt at the end of the day is really a nice thing!
Chris Partin 1
Thanks for the Wisdom Words cliff!
Ruger9X19 1
True dat.
sam kuminecz 1
Words of wisdom from a great man...thanks Cliff
Ruger9X19 2
Not sure what this section has to do with the situation it references the ability of a public safety officer I.E. police, fire, or EMT to designate a landing site for medical helicopters when responding to an accident.
joel wiley 1
The section appears to deal with permitting airport locations, and 21662.1 authorizes ad hoc lanhing fields for ems.


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