Plane lands, safely, on I-70
October 10, 2007
GYPSUM ” A small airplane landed on Interstate 70 near the Eagle County Airport, shortly after 1 p.m., witnesses said.The plane landed around mile marker 143, four miles west of the Eagle interchange.
“I saw it coming down and it landed on the highway,” said Ray Cordova, an Aspen man who was headed to Denver. The westbound lanes are closed between Gypsum and Eagle.
“It was driving down the interstate, and there were cars behind it,” said Ellen Gall, who works at the Colorado Mountain News Media building in Gypsum. “Everything was very much in control. He looked like he was where he was supposed to be except he was in an airplane instead of a car.”
Carole Bukovich, a sales representative for Colorado Mountain News Media in Gypsum, was talking on the phone with a client when she saw the plane land on the interstate through her office window. “I couldn’t tell at first, my eyes aren’t the best,” Bukovich said. “I said to my client, ‘Oh my God, it’s crashing.’ It looked like there weren’t any cars in the west lanes with the plane landed, she said, but there were several cars in the eastbound lanes.
The plane kept driving down the interstate toward the Gypsum exit, Bukovich said. The interstate near Gypsum lies parallel to the Eagle County Regional Airport.
“I wonder if he thought it was the runway,” Bukovich said.
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Chris Anderson, terminal manager for the county airport, said the plane is a Cessna 340. He did not know where the plane took off from and did not know if it was scheduled to land at the county airport today.