PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol trooper’s dashcam captured the incredible sight Thursday morning when a single-engine prop plane made an emergency landing on a highway.
The footage was captured by Trooper Thompson’s police cruiser dash camera.
Trooper Thompson’s dash cam video capturing this morning’s events! Great job by the pilot and trooper! pic.twitter.com/7X0uWYJ9fc— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 1, 2019
Thompson was on patrol in east Pierce County when a KR2 single engine prop plan had to make an emergency landing due to a fuel system malfunction, according to authorities.
The video shows the trooper driving down the highway when the plan approaches from the opposite direction. Thompson activated his lights and sirens and made a U-turn to follow the plane, authorities said.
Trooper Thompson was able to make an emergency u-turn, activate his lights and slow traffic; making room for the pilot to land safely. pic.twitter.com/VvLaXKU2U4— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 1, 2019
The pilot managed to land the plane safely in the middle of the road. No injuries were reported, authorities said.
Troopers helped move the plan off of the road and into the parking lot of a nearby Jiffy Lube.
While on patrol in east Pierce county, Trooper Thompson just happened to be in the right place at the right time and witnessed the plane make an emergency landing. WSP had no prior knowledge of the pilot’s complications. After 21 years with the patrol, this is a first for him. pic.twitter.com/rUwXsLT8ZJ— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 1, 2019