Singapore plane makes emergency landing on Malaysian highway

Private plane on Malaysian highway. Photo: @zynen1/Twitter
Private plane on Malaysian highway. Photo: @zynen1/Twitter

A private plane from Singapore made a surprise landing on a Malaysian highway in Johor on Sunday morning due to a technical issue. 

Malaysia’s civil aviation authority confirmed this yesterday after photos spread of the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza stranded on the road’s shoulder near the Sedenak exit in Johor as cars drove past. The two Singaporean pilots who flew the single-engine prop plane were in “stable” condition, the authority said without elaborating further. An investigation is underway.

“Search and rescue teams have completed all required tasks. The investigation will be conducted by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Transport Malaysia,” Chester Voo, the CEO of Malaysia’s aviation authority said in a statement. The aircraft has since been towed away. 

Voo said that the aircraft had departed Singapore’s Seletar Airport and was en route to Melaka when Johor’s Air Traffic Control received a call at 10:40am from the pilot requesting a landing at Johor’s Senai International Airport due to “technical problems.” However, the plane did not make it there and ended up landing on the highway. 

Premier Aero Singapore, which provides services at Seletar Airport, said Monday morning that it was aware of the incident but did not know the circumstances of what happened. General Manager Thomas Ong identified one of the pilots as “Dr Yang” in a message.

“We only assisted Dr Yang in immigration formalities with the Seletar Airport Authority for his arrival and departure,” he said.

Photos posted online also showed emergency responders on the ground alerting motorists of the aircraft.

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