Aircraft makes emergency landing on 407 shortly after takeoff

Police say landing was textbook, given the circumstances

You know what they say, any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

A small aircraft landed on Highway 407 in Markham shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday after running into mechanical trouble. The plane took off from nearby Buttonville Municipal Airport moments before, and suddenly began sputtering and lost power. A mayday was put out as the pilot and passenger began looking for a safe place to put down.

A stretch of 407 near Woodbine Avenue was chosen, and police say the pilot put down in a perfect landing. “The airplane had been in the air for just a couple of minutes before they experienced a problem. And, you know, good foresight in respect to the pilots involved,” said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the chosen landing zone.

The craft touched down without causing any injuries or damage. Schmidt says the airplane had just undergone a regular inspection and this was its maiden voyage afterwards. “Obviously they’re going to be looking into what took place,” Schmidt says, adding the OPP will probe the incident.

The aircraft was in the process of being towed safely from the highway as of early afternoon.