Plane makes emergency landing, crashes on Interstate 75

A small plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 75 Thursday afternoon, crashing into a barrier.

The plane landed in the northbound lanes of the highway near Ronald Reagan. It happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities said the plane had to make an emergency landing. The plane was able to land without striking any vehicles, officials said.

The pilot was the only person in the plane.

Officials said that pilot, who has not been identified, was having engine issues. The pilot was able to radio officials letting them know he was going down prior to the crash.

The pilot was able to land on the highway, and slow down the aircraft before it slammed into a concrete barrier. The pilot was uninjured, and remains on scene.

“We’re very grateful that he is OK, that no one else was injured,” Lt. Steve Saunders with the Cincinnati Police Department said.

“I think we’re very lucky, because due to the stay-at-home order, traffic was very light on the highway,” Saunders said. “Damage is very minimal to what it could have been.”

The plane’s origin and destination is currently unknown.

Police are diverting all traffic to Ronald Reagan Highway.

Authorities said the highway will likely be closed for several hours, and a flat-bed truck is being called in to remove the plane from the highway.