Pilot makes emergency landing of small plane on Neshoba County highway

Photo: Coutesy of Sheriff Tommy Waddell

NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a Neshoba County highway Friday.

According to Sheriff Tommy Waddell, the plane flew into Philadelphia, Miss. from Louisiana for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The plane held the pilot and one passenger. They were expected to leave Mississippi around noon Friday to head to Alabama to pick up some friends.

Sheriff Waddell said shortly after they took off, they started having engine problems and attempted to return to the Philadelphia airport. Someone from the North Bend community near Highway 21 spotted the plane that appeared to be having issues and alerted the sheriff’s department.

A few minutes later, Waddell said they received another call that the plane landed on a highway about a mile and a half outside of Philadelphia.

The single-engine plane landed on Highway 21 North near the intersection of County Road 614.

Sheriff Waddell said the pilot hit two road signs trying to land the plane and damaged the right wing.

No injuries were reported.


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