Plane makes emergency landing on I-77 in Fairfield County

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY – A single-engine Cessna 172 from S & S Flight School in Fairfield County made an emergency landing on I-77 Thursday about 6:45 p.m.

Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery said the plane set down in the median near mile marker 37, just north of Exit 34 to Winnsboro.

On board were a flight instructor and student pilot, according to Brian Steed, owner of S & S Aviation.

“There were no injuries and there was no damage to the plane,” Steed said.

“The instructor did perfect,” he said. “She did what her training taught her to do. It couldn’t have worked out better given the circumstances. She picked the best place she could find and set the plane down as pretty as she could.”

There was no interference with or slow-down of the traffic on I-77, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Steed said the plane experienced partial engine failure prompting the emergency landing.

The plane has been returned to the Fairfield County Airport where S & S Aviation is located.

“We removed the wings and transported them on one trailer and put the rest of the plane on a tow truck roll back and drove it all back to the airport,” Steed said.

The sheriff’s office said the South Carolina Highway Patrol also responded to the incident.

Photo: Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office

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