Commuters on the N1 highway between Winburg and Bloemfontein were surprised when an aircraft was approaching their direction this morning.
Shortly before 11:30 the Piper light aircraft made an emergency landing on the N1. Commuters on the scene explained that they were confused about the happenings and immediately started to slow down and some even pulled over.
Emergency services were called by numerous commuters after the plane touched down on the highway.
When paramedics from ER24 arrived on the scene, they found the aircraft parked slightly off the highway facing traffic. Paramedics quickly investigated if anyone sustained any injuries, but fortunately no one was injured, only in shock. It is believed that the aircraft had six occupants on board at the time.
A man, believed to be the pilot, explained to paramedics on the scene that he experienced a technical difficulty and had to make an emergency landing. He also explained that the highway was fairly quiet and motorists starting making space for him to land.
Fortunately the aircraft made a successful landing on the highway and the pilot then managed to park it on the side. The N1 highway between Winburg and Bloemfontein is closed whilst emergency services are still on the scene.