An 83-year-old pilot was forced to land on a busy expressway Sunday morning after experiencing engine trouble.
Ralph Squeglia, who has been flying since 1944, said he was careful to avoid moving cars as he landed the plane on a stretch of the Sawgrass Expressway, just north of Oakland Park Blvd.
"It was a perfect landing," he said as he stood near the plane waiting for Federal Aviation Administration officials to arrive on the scene to conduct an investigation.
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But it was not so perfect once he landed.
“I was rolling straight and my tailspring broke, causing me to veer right,” he said.
“Then the wing hit a light pole and I ended up here.”
The homemade single-engine Hummelbird plane ended up on the side of the expressway as shocked drivers looked on. Squeglia was not injured.
A Florida state trooper on the scene said Squeglia would not be cited for any traffic violations. The FAA has yet to comment.