Florida man lands small plane on the grass shoulder of a parkway in Polk County

Part of the Polk Parkway in Lakeland was briefly closed on Thursday after the pilot pulled off the risky landing.

A small plane made an emergency landing on the grass shoulder of the Polk Parkway in Lakeland on Thursday.

The Lakeland Police Department said the road was partially blocked after the landing near exit 4. Eastbound lanes were closed briefly to load the plane onto a trailer and move it.

Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

Police did not say what caused the pilot to make an emergency landing on the side of the road.

UPDATE: The plane has been removed and the roadway is open. Be safe out there. #TrafficAlert Polk...

Posted by LakelandPD on Thursday, April 15, 2021
Gene Wexler

Gene Wexler

Gene spent his youth in upstate New York before making the pilgrimage down to the sunshine state. After spending a few years reporting, anchoring, and hosting at our sister station WOKV in Jacksonville, Gene was asked to bring his talents to Orlando at WDBO

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