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Plane Makes Emergency Landing on SR 1

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Newswatcher Chris Rausch submitted this photo of Monday afternoon's incident. Newswatcher Chris Rausch submitted this photo of Monday afternoon's incident.

DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Many people are very lucky to be OK after a small plane made an emergency landing Monday afternoon on southbound SR 1. The single-engine Cessna made an emergency landing right next to Dover Air Force Base just before 5:30.

Delaware State Police say nobody on the plane or the road was seriously hurt.

The U.S. Air Force Cessna aircraft made an emergency landing in an open field near the base, said Cpl. Gary Fournier.  Then, the aircraft crashed through a fence for Pioneer Materials and onto SR 1.  Then it came to a stop in median without hitting any on-coming vehicles.

Base officials says it was a Base Aero Club Cessna that had a pilot, 44, and his instructor, 54, on board, neither of which are air force airmen. Lt. Tony Richardson said the Aero Club is for civilians connected to the base in some way.

"They get together. They flying lessons. They offer training for people looking to get their pilot licenses," Richardson said. "Through a shared agreement, they're able to use the runways and ramp space."

All this happened right in the heart of rush hour. So, there were a lot of cars on the road, like the Hyundai Elantra driven by Katie Torbert, 32 of Fawn Grove, PA.       

"We were just driving down the road," she said. "All the cars in front of me started swerving in different directions. I swerved. I slammed on my brakes and ended up hitting the guardrail. Then I noticed behind me there was an airplane."

And she knows she's very lucky a few dings on her car is all it caused.

"It could have been a lot worse if an airplane had landed on me."

The FAA was on-scene Monday evening. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Traffic was delayed in the area for nearly three hours as the plane was removed from the roadway by Air Force officials.

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