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Single-engine plane lands on Sawgrass Expressway causing southbound lanes to close

A small Cessna landed on the side of the Sawgrass Expressway as curious drivers looked on.
A small Cessna landed on the side of the Sawgrass Expressway as curious drivers looked on.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A plane was forced to land on the Sawgrass Expressway Saturday afternoon.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine Cessna 172 landed on the expressway at 11:40 a.m.

Engine failure is what caused the plane to land on the highway, Florida Highway Patrol said.

A plane landed along the Sawgrass Expressway causing the southbound lanes to be closed. (WPLG)

Two people were on board, per the FAA.

Troopers said both men on board, the pilot and passenger, are fine and reported no injuries.

The southbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway were closed by officials for about 90 minutes until the plane was moved off the highway and onto the median, FHP said.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers quickly responded to the scene, which was just south of the Sample Road exit.

According to FHP, the plane cannot be removed from the scene until the NTSB gives the okay.

Traffic camera still image of a plane that landed next to the Sawgrass Expressway near the Sample Road exit. (WPLG)

About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.