Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on German Highway

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This small plane made an emergency landing on the A-2 highway in western Germany on June 13, 2016.Bielefeld Police / dpa

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By Andy Eckardt

MAINZ, Germany — Motorists were shocked when a small aircraft landed on a busy stretch of a German highway.

Police said the MS-Commodore-150 plane apparently experienced a midair engine failure, which forced its 66-year-old Swiss pilot to make an emergency landing before he could reach a nearby airfield.

One of the plane's wings clipped a tractor-trailer as it flew head-on into traffic on western Germany’s A2 highway on Monday afternoon.

A passenger in the truck told local paper Lippische Zeitung that "adrenaline shot all the way to the tips of my hair" at the time of the near-miss.

“This is the first time ever that we had a plane land on our highway,” police spokesman Michael Koetter told NBC News. “Luckily, nobody was injured in the incident."