Plane makes emergency landing on I-5 near Roseburg

A small plane lost power, but landed safely on Interstate 5 between Roseburg and Sutherlin this afternoon.

The plane will remain where it came to rest in the median until it can be loaded onto a trailer and hauled away, Oregon State Police reported.

Pilot Marc Girardet, 38, from Tenmile, took off from Roseburg en route to Portland in a four-seat single-engine Cessna Cardinal 177 RG.

About 20 minutes into the flight, the plane began to lose power so Girardet turned around to head back to Roseburg. Unable to return to the airport, he had to make an emergency landing at about 1:50 p.m. on Interstate 5 near milepost 131.

Girardet and a 56-year old man in the plane with him were uninjured, police said.

After touching down on the freeway, the pilot steered the plane onto a center median crossover gravel lane and stopped.

Traffic is moving in both directions. OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation cautioned travelers to not be distracted by the unusual sight of an airplane parked in the center median.

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