Video of the Day: Plane Lands on Silicon Valley's Main Interstate

Driving down Interstate Highway 280 near Woodside, California, an unincorporated town about 30 miles south of San Francisco, a YouTube user spotted a small plane coming in for a landing on the road. "I was driving and an airplane landed on the freeway," the videographer, who was shooting this video while slowing down to capture some footage of the plane, tells someone, presumably over the phone. "Is that cool or what?"

We learned later that, even though the plane hit a car, no injuries were sustained during the emergency landing. "The pilot of a 1975 Cessna reportedly radioed a Mayday distress signal on Sunday evening, after a newly replaced engine failed shortly after taking off from the nearby San Carlos airport," according to All Things D, which covered the event because I-280 is one Silicon Valley's main thoroughfares. "What apparently happened is that while gliding down without power at a speed of about 80 miles per hour, the plane clipped and shattered the back window of a Mercedes heading northbound near Farm Hill Boulevard, then landed on the road in front of the still-moving car."

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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