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Plane Lands on Florida Turnpike Barely Missing Overpass

Aired January 25, 2002 - 14:51   ET

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THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Two things for you. First of all, this development here, this breaking story we are following in Florida. Here as you can see, thanks to our friends at WSVN, we are getting pictures of this plane, looks like a single-engine plane, that landed on the Florida turnpike.

We understand -- we've gotten a better idea of the location. It's in West Palm Beach County, and we understand it's north of Boca Raton. Now, we don't know exactly quite yet what happened here, but apparently, a plane was forced to land, and you could barely see -- you can see some damage there on the wing, the part of the wing that's there at the lower part of the screen. That would be the part that's facing that's actually closest to where any traffic would be on the road.

If you could also see, with this camera pulls back a little further out you will be able to see, it is quite possible this plane here went under an overpass on the turnpike there, because the overpass that we are talking about is only maybe 100 feet behind where this plane is situated right now. So this pilot pulled off -- here we go, there is a shot there -- you can see, barely 100 feet or so behind it is this double overpass that this plane somehow navigated -- it's got to be under, there is no way a plane I would think a plane could land in that short of a space coming down.

But we will try to find out exactly what happened here, what condition the pilot is in and if there are any casualties or any cars that were casualties of this particular story. So stay with us. We'll try to get some more information on that.

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