No one was injured in the incident that shut down a highway outside of Minneapolis last week.
A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Interstate-35W near Minneapolis last Wednesday, threading the needle between cars traveling on the roadway unaware of what was happening just above them.
Amazing video of the landing was captured by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Check it out below:
The airplane comes into view flying low over two cars and lands just in front of them, closely behind a single vehicle traveling in the same direction. After what appeared to be a nearly flawless landing, the plane skidded into the vehicle in front of it. Authorities said nobody was injured in the incident, including the pilot and a passenger in the plane.
The highway was temporarily closed while officials cleared the scene.
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Local news outlets identified the pilot as 52-year-old Craig Gifford, a Minneapolis resident and award-winning member of the U.S. aerobatics flying team, a hobby which may have helped him successfully land his plane in an apparent emergency situation this week. According to a spokesman for the Experimental Aircraft Association interviewed by local news outlets, Gifford represented the United States in international competition in 2017 and 2019 on the Unlimited Aerobatic Team that won bronze in South Africa.
A biography of Gifford posted on the International Aerobatic Club's website said Gifford has been flying general aviation aircraft his entire life, with more than 4,500 hours in dozens of types of aircraft. Gifford is a three-time member of the US Advanced team and has won numerous team and flight medals and placed in the top 10 worldwide twice.
No cause has been given for the emergency landing, and Gifford has declined to comment. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.