Plane lands on Loop 202 near Higley during morning commute

Posted at 6:20 AM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 20:34:18-04

MESA, AZ — A small plane landed on Loop 202 in the Mesa-Gilbert area early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred near Higley Road around 6 a.m.

Video from the scene showed the single-engine Piper PA28 aircraft in the HOV lane as cars continued to drive by in other lanes. Fortunately, crews arrived quickly and were able to move the plane out of the way of traffic.

The plane reportedly experienced engine issues shortly after taking off from Falcon Field Airport, just south of where the landing occurred.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say no injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration says two people were on the plane at the time. The FAA is investigating.

According to media reports, there have been five plane crashes and off-runway landings since April. Take a look at the map below to see recent incidents.