A small plane landed on a busy highway in Spanaway Thursday morning after a fuel malfunction, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
The plane landed on Pacific Avenue South between 135th and 143rd streets south, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP,) the single prop KR2 plane experienced a fuel system malfunction at around 8:20 a.m. that stalled the engine and forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.
By chance, Trooper Clint Thompson was on patrol in the area and saw the landing, even capturing it on his dash-cam, said WSP spokeswoman Trooper Johnna Batiste.
“Trooper Thompson was able to make an emergency u-turn, activate his lights and slow traffic; making room for the pilot to land safely,” Batiste posted on Twitter.
The pilot of the small aircraft, David Acklam, told KOMO News he was flying to work when his engine stalled, forcing him to make an emergency landing on the highway.
When reached by phone, Acklam declined to comment further, saying the landing was being investigated by federal authorities.