MONTREAL- Quebec Provincial Police were forced to close a major highway after a small plane had to make an emergency landing on a busy roadway.
The plane landed on Hwy. 640 west in Mascouche, about 35 km north of Montreal in the Lanaudiere region.
Quebec Provincial Police Sgt. Ronald McInnis told QMI Agency the plane had just taken off from a regional airport in Mascouche minutes earlier.
"The plane bumped a car when attempting to land on the highway, but no injuries have been reported," McInnes said.
Police also told QMI that the pilot was the only person in the plane.
Mauvaise journée en avion à Mascouche 'live'.. Sur la 640.. pic.twitter.com/Uw1uprAyEe— Eric Dion (@99Gretz99) August 8, 2014
Photographs from the scene show the plane landed on its nose and suffered some damages to its front.
QMI Agency has learned the plane was a Cessna 150L and was having engine problems when it was forced to land on the highway shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday.
By lunchtime, police had already opened one lane to traffic, which had been backed up since the landing.
QMI has learned the plane was manufactured in 1974 and imported to Canada in 1988. Since Oct. 30, 2013 it has been registered to Carol Lavoie, Justin Lavoie, and Kevin Lavoie, all from Lorraine, Que. The plane is based at the airport in Mascouche.
-With files from Jean-Marc Gilbert