Pilot uses I-65 for landing

A Hamilton County family’s plane trip from Carmel to Louisville ended about 42 miles short of its destination Saturday morning because of a mechanical difficulty.

Aaron Y. Wright, 44, of Carmel, told police he was flying his single-engine Beech Bonanza V35 south when it began experiencing the mechanical issue, forcing him to land in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 just north of the Uniontown exit.

Wright, his wife, Jean, and their 13-year-old son were not injured in the incident, reported at 11:30 a.m.

Wright told state troopers he first turned the plane toward Freeman Field on Seymour’s west side before realizing the nearly 50-year-old fixed-wing aircraft would not make it that far, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

He then decided to land the plane in the southbound lanes of the interstate in the area of the 42-mile marker, eight miles south of Seymour.

That attempt was successful although the plane traveled into the median and sustained some damage before coming to a stop.

There was no visible damage to the pavement or grass in the area of the plane, which was declared airworthy on March 21, 1967, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service.

Southbound and northbound traffic were slowed for about three hours until the plane could be removed, and the northbound lanes were closed for about an hour so 31 Wrecker/Hercamp Crane could load the plan onto a semitrailer and haul it to Freeman Field.

The state police, Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation of the incident, Wheeles said. Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Seymour and Crothersville police departments also assisted at the scene.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.