The pilot of a small plane managed to avert a serious crash Thursday when he landed next to a busy southeast Texas highway, authorities said.
The plane with three people aboard was on a flight from Jennings, Louisiana, to Junction, Texas, when it lost power, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The pilot was attempting an emergency landing shortly after 2 p.m. about four miles north of Cleveland, Texas, when the front landing gear on the single-engine Beechcraft A36 clipped a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 59, then crash-landed in a field beside the highway, the DPS said in a statement.
None of the three people aboard the plane or the SUV's lone occupant were injured in the emergency 50 miles northeast of Houston, the DPS said.
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San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said the pilot was lucky.
"This obviously skilled pilot was able to bring his Beechcraft to a near-perfect resting place paralleling I-69 without causing any injury to traveling motorists or residents in this rural community," he said in a statement.