Scottsdale motorists had unexpected company on Lone Mountain Road Monday afternoon when a plane was forced to land because of mechanical problems shortly after takeoff.
The single-prop airplane had a 35-year-old pilot and his 19-year-old student on board when it left Scottsdale Airport at about 12:15 p.m., according to Scottsdale police.
The pilot touched down a short time later on Lone Mountain, just east of Scottsdale Road, then continued west until coming to a stop in the 7400 block of Lone Mountain.
“The pilot chose that road because of the fact it was the least traveled of the roads in the area,” said Officer Dave Pubins, a Scottsdale police spokesman. “He saw Lone Mountain had very few vehicles at the time.”
No injuries were reported in the incident. The only damage came from the plane’s wing clipping a speed limit sign, police said.
The Federal Aviation Administration was due to be at the scene to investigate at about 3 p.m., Pubins said. The plane, which is owned by CRM Aviation in the Scottsdale Airpark, is expected to be cleared away by 4 p.m.
Apart from a few curious motorists pausing to check out the scene, traffic was traveling unimpeded along Lone Mountain Road Monday afternoon, Pubins said.
“There’s a lot of people just stopping and taking photographs,” Pubins said. “It’s unique to have an airplane on the roadway.”