JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser says an Oregon pilot did the right thing when he landed his small plane on an Interstate 94 exit ramp in North Dakota.

Patrick William of Salem, Ore., was forced out of the air by poor visibility Thursday while flying his newly purchased 1941 Taylorcraft two-seater from Minneapolis to Oregon. He tells The Jamestown Sun newspaper that “flying is like driving a car. Sometimes you have to stop and wait for the weather to improve.”

Kaiser says local authorities notified the Federal Aviation Administration and the agency said there was no problem with the emergency landing.

William says he’s a little surprised by all the attention. He says that with the weather North Dakota is known for, he’s surprised there aren’t more such incidents.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ron B says:

    What kind of idiot would be upset about a emergency landing. Hence a emergency landing is a EMERGENCY! i would raher see a pilot put the plane down safely than become a one dy blip on the daily news as a fatality!!

  2. Julie says:

    Very well said, Ron. I feel the same way.

  3. Romericus J Sims says:


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