Pilot who landed plane on Toronto-area highway says he had no other option as video released of landing

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The pilot who landed a small plane on Highway 407 north of Toronto says he had no choice but to land the plane on the road after an engine failure after takeoff on Wednesday.

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Single-engine Piper PA-28 landed on Highway 407 eastbound lane near Woodbine Avenue just before 11 a.m. There were two pilots on the plane and both were not injured.

highway operator Emergency landing video released on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. It shows the aircraft touching down in the left lane and coming to a stop.

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The highway did not appear busy at the time of emergency landing.

“We have just left Buttonville,” pilot Ibrahim said in an interview with police. “We climbed over 2,000 feet and we started experiencing engine failure.”

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He said he knew he would not return to the runway based on his speed.

“We announced a May Day,” he said. “We told them (air traffic control) that we were heading towards the highway.”

“We had no choice. It was either this or a building.”

There was no damage to the airplane during the landing and no one on the ground was injured.

According to police, the plane was on its first flight after 100 hours of inspection.

Police said the eastbound lane on Highway 407 was closed after the plane landed, but is restarting.

A crane was brought to the spot to lift the plane off the highway and onto a tow truck.

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Meanwhile, Ibrahim said he credits his pilot training for helping the plane land safely.

“Just stick to your flight training and follow everything. You might think it won’t happen to you, I never thought it would happen to me, but it happened.”

According to public aviation records, the aircraft is registered with the Caribbean Flying Club in Toronto.

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