Plane makes emergency landing on A40 carriagewayAugust 10, 2023
Plane makes emergency landing on dual carriageway: Chaos after light aircraft touches down on A40 and comes to rest on the central reservation
- A light aircraft landed on the A40 Golden Valley Bypass at around 6:15pm today
- Gloucestershire Police are attending the scene and believe no one was injured
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A plane has made an emergency landing on a busy motorway in Gloucestershire, causing chaos for commuters caught up in rush hour traffic.
The light aircraft landed on the central crash barrier of the A40 Golden Valley Bypass between Gloucester and Cheltenham near Gloucestershire Airport shortly before 6pm today.
Gloucestershire Police said they are attending the incident and it is believed that no one has been injured or any cars have been hit.
The area of the A40 has now reopened and traffic is flowing freely in both directions between the A417 and M5 after it was closed earlier today.
Photos show the yellow plane, which has now been moved out of the road, on the grassy reservation, with its wings blocking both the lanes and traffic queued in both directions.
A plane has made an emergency landing on a busy motorway in Gloucestershire, causing chaos for commuters caught up in rush hour traffic
Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported at the time: ‘A40 in both directions closed due to police incident from A417 (Elmbridge Court Roundabout) to M5 J11 (Gloucester / Golden Valley Bypass). Traffic is coping well. Affecting traffic between Cheltenham and Gloucester.’
National Highways: South-West tweeted: ‘The A40 in both directions between the A417 and M5 J11 near Chelthenham Gloucester is closed due to an aviation incident.
There are delays of 10 minutes and approx. 1 mile of congestion on approach..’
Gloucestershire Constabulary said on Twitter: ‘We were called shortly before 6pm today (Thursday) with a report a light aircraft had landed on the A40 Golden Valley.
‘No-one was injured and it is understood that no other vehicles were involved. We remain at the scene while work takes place to re-open the road.’
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