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Plane makes emergency landing on U.S. 380

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Drivers on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon might have witnessed an unusual sight: an airplane landing on the roadway.

A Cessna 172 single-engine plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport around 1:45 p.m. No vehicles were struck, and the plane safely touched down.

WING AND A PRAYER - Pilot Christopher Brawley of Haslet taxied his Cessna 172 single-engine plane into a gravel parking lot Sunday afternoon after he made an emergency landing on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WING AND A PRAYER – Pilot Christopher Brawley of Haslet taxied his Cessna 172 single-engine plane into a gravel parking lot Sunday afternoon after he made an emergency landing on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lloyd McKinney said pilot Christopher Brawley of Haslet began experiencing engine problems as he was flying east from Bridgeport. He initially tried to fly to the Decatur Municipal Airport before deciding to turn around and head to the Bridgeport Municipal Airport. Brawley sent out a “mayday” call when it became apparent that the plane would not make it to the airport.

Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton was driving up to the scene as Brawley brought the plane down on U.S. 380 between 16th Street and Overland Drive on the east side of the city.

“It looked like a perfect runway landing, except it was on a U.S. highway,” Singleton said.

Brawley taxied into an empty gravel parking lot at Prime, a building manufacturing company on the north side of U.S. 380. No one was injured.

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