Small plane lands on Interstate 5 in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM (AP) — A small plane with mechanical problems landed safely on Interstate 5.

Washington state Patrol Trooper Brandon Lee says the small plane experienced mechanical issues that cut fuel to the engines just before descending to a Bellingham airport Friday afternoon.

Lee says the 47-year-old pilot then decided to land the plane on the freeway. He says the plane struck another car, but otherwise landed safely.

The trooper says the plane then taxied about 2 miles on the freeway before exiting and parking at an AMPM convenience store, where it parked as the pilot waited for authorities.

He says neither the pilot nor his 48-year-old woman passenger were injured.

It wasn’t immediately known what kind of plane the man was flying.

The pilot was flying from Spokane to Bellingham.