CINCINNATI — A small plane from Indianapolis had to make an emergency landing near Cincinnati Thursday morning, crashing on an interstate.
Ryan Carpenter was driving on I-75 North and saw the plane go down in front of him.
“I was probably 15 feet away from it when it landed,” Carpenter told WLWT. “After I slammed on my brakes, it slid probably about 20-25 feet into the concrete barrier.”
Shortly before the crash, Rob Martin was sitting in his backyard of his Hartwell neighborhood when he heard a plane and looked up.
“It was flying very low and the engine was backfiring,” he said. “It really sounded to me like the plane was in distress because it was flying lower and lower.”
Cincinnati police say the pilot, 61-year-old John Bennett of Indy, reported engine trouble before the crash landing. He was okay, and no one else was injured.
The plane is registered to Mel Aviation LLC of Indianapolis. A check of past flights show trips were made between Indianapolis and Lunken Municipal Airport, and the Federal Aviation Authority confirmed Bennett was enroute to Lunken again Thursday.