Thursday, August 16, 2001
Student pilot lands on I-275
'Perfect judgment' after only engine fails
By David Eck
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP A pilot studying for his commerical license got a challenging pop quiz Wednesday afternoon and passed with flying colors.
No one was injured, but there were some anxious moments when a single-engine Cessna 150 lost power and pilot Alexander Rybarczyk landed it in the southbound lanes of I-275 near the New Richmond exit.
Mr. Rybarczyk, 20, of Delhi Township, was about three miles from Lunken Airport when he had to make the emergency landing.
A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on I-275 Wednesday.|
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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He had clearance to land and his engine stalled, Anderson Township Fire Lt. Steve Ober said. He did hit a road sign with the right side of his wing.
He landed about 1:22 p.m. Mr. Rybarczyk, who is training for a commercial pilot's license, was returning from Portsmouth, Ohio, alone in the two-seat plane.
He avoided (highway drivers) and they avoided him, Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said. He did a hell of a job. It could have been a real tragedy.
Mr. Rybarczyk could not be reached for comment.
The single-engine plane is owned by Franklin Aviation Academy, where Mr. Rybarczyk is a student. The academy is located at Lunken.
Flight-school officials said pilots are trained to land with traffic if they have to put down on a highway.
He executed perfect judgment in this situation, said Mark Morgan, president of Franklin Aviation Academy. He assessed the situation and weighed his options. There was no point in time that I was ever worried about him.
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