Yesterday (22 Nov), drivers along the North-South Expressway (PLUS) highway were shocked to see a small airplane landing in the middle of the road. According to Straits Times, images were quick to be circulated online. Pictures showed the Beechcraft Bonanza F35 light aircraft on the emergency lane at kilometre 47.9.
It was soon learned that the two pilots on-board was forced to make the landing after experiencing technical difficulties. Kulai District police chief Supt Tok Beng Yeow confirmed that no one was hurt in the 11.05 am incident.
Thankfully so, the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza was able to make a safe landing, the aviation body said. pic.twitter.com/8sWUNRd0Fq
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Tok told reporters that the pilot Dr Yang Kuang Ying, 52, and co-pilot Saleehullah Abdul Majid, 41 – both Singaporeans – were conducting a routine flight for the purpose of fulfilling their flight records.
“They had left Seletar Airport in Singapore at 10.50 am, headed for Batu Berendam Airport in Melaka. They were on their return journey when they encountered engine failure at 11.05 am over the Simpang Renggam area, at an altitude of 5,000 feet,” he added.
He also said the pilot claimed that the aircraft belonged to him and that they had permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to conduct the routine flight without a cross-border permit.
A fireman who was at the scene told Utusan that there was traffic congestion on the expressway after the plane landed. With the help of police officers, they pushed the aircraft to a vacant plot of grass field by the side of the highway to ease traffic flow.
The Air Accident Investigation Bureau, a body under Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport, will investigate the incident for now.