Friday evening traffic was snarled in Surrey, B.C., just east of Vancouver, when a Cessna 152 Aerobat made an emergency landing on one of the area’s busiest commuter routes. The pilot reported an issue with the aircraft about 6:45 p.m. and set down on the freeway. Some reports said a trucker saw the plane setting up for the approach and used his rig to block traffic to give the pilot an open stretch of road. It worked and the aircraft and occupants were unharmed in the landing.
The plane was moved to the side of the road and traffic was back to normal shortly after the landing but it was briefly interrupted again when the technical issue, the addition of gasoline, was resolved and the plane took off of the freeway to resume its journey to Boundary Bay Airport. It was later reported a fuel cap departed the aircraft and fuel siphoned out of the aircraft leading to fuel starvation. The Transportation Safety Board is looking into the incident.