Pilot forced to land small plane on Trans-Canada Highway in Regina

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REGINA - Drivers on the Trans-Canada Highway near Regina must have shaken their heads a couple of times late Wednesday afternoon as they drove past a small plane casually parked on the side of the highway.
The single-engine Cessna had to make an emergency landing on the busy stretch of road after pilot Dennis Lamontage, from Wawota district, developed engine trouble shortly after taking off from the Regina airport.
There was a lot of smoke spewing from the small craft during the landing, but it went off without a hitch and no one was injured.
"We got halfway between Regina and White City and all of a sudden, bang, we had an engine problem," said Lamontage. "It started backfiring and losing power and so we turned around immediately and contacted the tower, hoping we could make it back to runway 31. But there was quite a strong headwind at the time and we were losing power very, very fast."
Lamontage realized that even to try and make it back to the runway would mean he would have to risk flying over populated areas of the city, so he rejected that option.
"I looked around quickly to try and find a country road, which I'm used to landing on, but there was none available in the winter, and No. 1 Highway was the only hope I had," he told CTV Regina.
"It worked out really good. Traffic wasn't too heavy and there was a couple of cars ahead of me and I just came down ahead of them in a wide open spot."
The white-haired Lamontage was calm and collected as he described the harrowing experience.
"It happens pretty quick," he said. "I don't know if you've got time to get excited by it."
One lane of the divided highway was blocked off into the evening as investigators continued looking at the small red airplane.

Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Cessna

Geographic location: Regina, Wawota, White City

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