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North Carolina Man Piloting Plane That Makes Emergency Landing

9:53 AM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
From viewer Jason Bird
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Troopers confirmed Sunday they are still looking for the driver of a red Ford pickup truck that fled the scene after hitting a disabled airplane Saturday night.

A plane made an emergency landing on the interstate on the First Coast Saturday evening.

No one was injured after an emergency landing around 10 p.m. on Interstate 295 South near the ramp to Interstate 95 North, according to the Florida Highway Patrol which handled the scene.

FHP Lt. Bill Leeper said the driver hit the wing of the plane, causing damage, but didn't stop. Since the truck caused damage, troopers need to talk to the driver.

Leeper said any driver involved in a crash, regardless of whether they hit a car or a plane, is required to stop and contact authorities. He didn't call it a hit and run, saying they need to investigate further.

The 2004 Cirrus single engine plane was being flown by Matthew David Rowe of North Carolina. His passenger was Sean Kristopher Carlisis of Utah. Both walked away after the landing without injuries. 

After it was on the side of the road, troopers say a driver of a pickup truck clipped the side of the plane. It caused approximately $1,500 in damages. Troopers say the driver didn't stop, so they want to talk to that driver since they left the scene of an accident.

The plane was removed from the interstate over the weekend.

First Coast News

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