Skydiving team lands plane on highway, takes off from there too

Middletown crew takes off where plane made emergency landing in S. Carolina. (Photo/WSPA)
Middletown crew takes off where plane made emergency landing in S. Carolina. (Photo/WSPA)

WELLFORD, S.C. (AP) – A small plane made an emergency landing on a road in northern South Carolina. It ended up taking off from the very same spot.

Five people were on board the Cessna 206 when it landed on Highway 29 in Wellford Thursday night. No injuries were reported.

The pilot says those on board are members of Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving team from Middletown. They were headed to Charleston for the Cooper River Bridge Run, where they were scheduled to perform Saturday.

Pilot Hollis Collins says they originally planned to refuel at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer when the engine cut off and they were forced to make an emergency landing on the highway.

Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what happened.

The plane’s engine repairs were made at the site where it came down.  It then was able to takeoff from the same street.  The makeshift runway on Highway 29 was used to get the plane’s speed up to around 70 miles per hour for takeoff.

The plane took off from the street at 2:15 p.m. to cheers of a curious crowd that gathered around to watch.

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