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Singaporean Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing On PLUS Highway In Johor

The aircraft requested permission to land at a Johor airport, but ultimately landed on a highway about 36km away.

Cover image via Orang Kulai (Facebook) & JeJo (YouTube)

A light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on the North-South (PLUS) Highway near Sedenak in Johor yesterday, 22 November

According to The Star, two Singaporean pilots landed their Beechcraft Bonanza F35 1957 at 47.8km southbound of the highway at 11.15am.

Kulai district police chief Supt Tok Beng Yeow said the aircraft encountered an engine malfunction when 52-year-old pilot Dr Yang Kuang Ying was flying 5,000ft above the ground.

"The oil pressure continued to drop rapidly and that's when they decided to make an emergency landing on the expressway," said Tok.

The aircraft is said to have radioed Johor's Air Traffic Control Tower at 10.40am, requesting for a return landing at the Senai airport, but the pilot performed an emergency landing on the highway in the end, reported New Straits Times.

Dr Yang and his 41-year-old co-pilot Saleehullah Abdul Majid were not injured and the aircraft did not sustain any damage

Both of them are qualified pilots, as Dr Yang has clocked 480 hours over 12 years of flying experience.

He also owns the light aircraft, which he flew to get his flying hours.

"They took off from the Seletar Airport in Singapore to the Melaka Airport in Batu Berendam in the morning prior to the incident," Tok explained.

"The pilots were on their second flight route, headed back towards Singapore when the incident took place."

"Investigations found that the pilots possessed the permission to fly the aircraft to get their flying hours, and therefore did not need to get a travel permit to cross the (country or state) border."

Image via Harian Metro

Meanwhile, videos of the aircraft stopping on the highway have been widely circulated on social media

In a 42-second long video, a group of officers from the Fire and Rescue Department and police can be seen pushing the aircraft to the side of the road.

The aircraft was later moved to a location where it would not obstruct traffic on the highway.

Image via JeJo (YouTube)

Watch the video here:

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