Plane crash lands on Highway 45

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CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday. The pilot is okay, and he told his story to Newscenter 11.

Courtesy: Boyd Williams

Boyd Williams was flying to Gulf Shores Friday evening for a weekend trip when his engine failed mid-flight.

"I called to turn around and tell them it was running rough, and seconds later it stopped completely," said Williams.

Williams had to think fast. So he tried to make an emergency landing on Highway 45 near the Clarke County line.

"I was trying to bleed-off air speed to let them pass, but I had to take the side of road instead and avoid any cars coming in," said Williams.

Boyd's daughter Hannah works at Meridian Aviation. She says her heart sank when she heard the initial call.

"I heard the tower radio up, and they said one of our local Navions went down, and I knew my dad had just took off," said Hannah. "I just said bye to him a few minutes before."

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Boyd managed to escape without any cuts or bruises.

"We would like to commend him on the job because there were cars, there were vehicles and traffic on the road at the time he was trying to land and you heard what he said," said Sgt. Andy West with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "He did a great job avoiding that traffic and preventing further injuries."

For the Williams family, this was the scariest moment of their lives.

"I was crying. I felt sick to my stomach, but I was just praying. We were all praying that he was ok," said Hannah. "When I got here and found out that he was ok, that was just the best feeling in the world. It went from the worst feeling in the world to the best feeling in the world."

And as for Boyd, he says this will not slow down his passion to fly again.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Boyd Williams. "Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful that both of my children came here and we're sharing another day together."

EARLIER:
5:33 p.m. The plane is in the process of being moved. Law enforcement will escort the plane as it's towed to Lauderdale County.

Pilot Boyd Williams was able to land the plane safely. His two daughters came out to check on him once they heard it was his plane that crashed.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Williams. Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful both of my children came here, and we're sharing another day together."​

ORIGINAL STORY:
A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday.

The plane is registered to Boyd Williams Real Estate. The pilot tells Newscenter 11 he is okay. Traffic is moving slowly around the aircraft.

A crew is headed to the scene now to find out more information. We'll update you with any new information as soon as it's available.