Small airplane makes emergency landing on U.S. 17 Bypass

As a small-engine airplane hovered about 15 feet above U.S. Highway 17 Bypass, motorists Rosenaldo Rolon said cars started to thin out on the road and made room for an emergency landing — a scene Rolon described as God’s work.

“The amazing thing is when something like this happens and nobody gets hurt,” Rolon said.

Drivers had a sight on Wednesday afternoon as a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on Highway 17 near S.C. Highway 544. Nobody was hurt in the incident. Traffic was slowed in both directions for hours as Horry County Fire and Rescue and Horry County police crews tended to the scene.

A small plane used U.S. Highway 17 Bypass for landing after a mechanical issue forced the plane into an emergency landing on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident. Jason Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

The plane landed in the northbound lanes around 1 p.m. There were no passengers on board.

Taylor Mcatee said his friend Brandon Moore was traveling to the Myrtle Beach area to visit the Mcatee family for a day. Moore flew a small-engine plane owned by a group of flying enthusiasts and left from the Charlotte area.

Moore had mechanical issues and was forced to land before he could make it to the Myrtle Beach International Airport, Mcatee said. Moore then called Mcatee and told him of the situation.

“I thought he was joking,” Mcatee said.

While having the utmost confidence in Moore’s pilot ability, Mcatee joked he was glad he and his family didn’t fly with their friend on Wednesday.

“I’m glad I wasn’t in this one,” he said.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong