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Plane that made emergency landing removed from I-90

Mon., July 5, 2010, 2:15 p.m.

No one injured in Fourth of July incident near Post Falls

Four people escaped injury Sunday night when their plane lost power and pilot Michael Eller of Newman Lake was forced to make an emergency landing on I-90 near Post Falls.

The passengers were up in the air to watch the fireworks show over Lake Coeur d’Alene, according to KHQ. When searching for a place to make an emergency landing, the pilot spotted the largely deserted freeway.

The 1971 Cessna was blocking part of the eastbound lanes when it came to rest, according to the Idaho State Police. One lane was closed for two hours before the plane was moved to the median. Traffic was slow in the area until the plane was removed Monday afternoon.

The investigation into the cause of the emergency landing is being handled by the Federal Aviation Administration.



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