Plane Makes Forced Landing on Idaho Highway


A small parking lot outside a utility firm in the north-central Idaho community of Colfax has the usual collection of automobiles parked alongside an airplane.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that a pilot needed to land his small plane on U.S. Highway 195, just north of Colfax, on Monday after his aircraft developed engine trouble. Law enforcement said the pilot tried to land at the small Colfax airport, "but wasn't going to make it." Instead, he struck a power line and brought the plane down on U.S. 195.

The Federal Aviation Administration will need to determine if the pilot is able to use U.S. 195 again, this time as a takeoff runway, to fly his plane home.