Plane makes emergency landing on 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills area

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A small passenger plane made an emergency landing on the southbound 101 Freeway in the Agoura Hills area Monday, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call at about 7 p.m., informing them that a small, single-engine plane had landed on the 101 Freeway, just north of Lindero Canyon Road, a spokesman with the agency said. The original mayday call was made to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“The only thing we got was that the pilot was coming down low and fast, so we were able to get officers to slow down traffic,” Officer Craig Martin of the California Highway Patrol said.

The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.

A student and an instructor pilot were onboard, according to CHP. The instructor was able to take over from the training pilot and land the plane safely, Martin said.

Eleven-year-old Tristan Nelson was in the car when he saw the small plane coming down.

“The plane started to come down and I thought it was going to crash,” he said. “But then it stopped and it landed pretty smoothly.”

The landing prompted the closure of the southbound 101 Freeway at the Reyes Adobe off-ramp, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The plane was eventually pushed off the freeway at Reyes Adobe Road.

“I just popped over to see what was going on and by the time I got here, the plane was being pushed up off ramp,” said Deborah Klein Lopez, mayor pro tem of Agoura Hills. “They literally just pushed it right up the off ramp with their might. Thankfully everyone was OK.”

It was not yet clear what prompted the emergency landing. The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation, according to the CHP.

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