Plane headed for Charleston makes emergency landing at Upstate highway

Published: Mar. 27, 2015 at 2:33 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 27, 2015 at 2:36 AM EDT
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WELLFORD, SC (WHNS) - Five people with an Ohio skydive team are safe after their single-engine plane landed on Highway 29 in the Wellford Area on Thursday evening.

Spartanburg County dispatchers confirmed that the plane landed near Wild Oaks Drive.

Witnesses said it was a Cessna and that the people on board are accounted for and safe. Several people watched as it landed on the usually busy highway.

Wellford police confirmed all 5 passengers were safe and said the plane was completely in tact.

The pilot told FOX Carolina they were headed to the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston when they had engine trouble and decided to land at Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, but they were not able to make it and landed on the highway. He said they are a skydiving team coming from Ohio.

The pilot said he was able to land without touching any nearby trees.

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