Small Plane Makes an Emergency Landing on Route 80

Bergen County prosecutor's office was conducting a training exercise for homeland security

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:38 PM EDT
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Small Plane Makes an Emergency Landing on Route 80

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A single engine airplane conducting a homeland security drill made an emergency landing on Route 80 near Hackensack this afternoon, according to police.  The plane was on a training mission conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

The Cessna aircraft suffered a mechanical failure in its fuel line before it landed in the east bound express lane near Green Street in Hackensack. There were no injuries. The plane was headed towards Teterboro Airport when it made the emergency landing.

"The craft was operated by a certified flight instructor and flight safety officer who is a retired  commercial airline pilot and currently assists the (prosecutor's office) in its homeland security and safety efforts in conjunction with the US Department of Justice, which owns the plane," the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said in a release.

There are partial lane closures along Route 80 and there may be complete lane closure later today when the plane is removed, authorities said.


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