Pilot makes emergency landing on average Illinois highways

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State police said the over 60-year-old pilot successfully landed the old plane on a southern Illinois highway after it lost engine power.

The pilot was not injured when he landed the single-engine plane on Highway 57 in Williamson County, about six miles (9.7 kilometers) south of Marion.

Illinois State Police said the pilot was the only concern of the plane, which sustained minor damage when landing about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Carbondale. The northbound lanes of the I-57 were closed while the aircraft was removed from the highway.

Pilot Kent Cook said he was flying a 1958 Cessna 175 Skylark from Union City, Tennessee, to Lincoln, Illinois, when he made an emergency landing.

“It was the best possible result,” he told the Peoria Journal Star.

Cook said he was about half an hour away from the flight when he realized there was a problem with the old four-seat plane, which he was flying as part of his Lacon-based Kilo Aviation.

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