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Plane Forced to Land on Highway 395 in Franklin County, Blocking Lane

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UPDATE/FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol says a plane traveling from Richland to Spokane has been forced to land on southbound Highway 395 near Eltopia.

A spokesman for the Civil Air Patrol says the pilot reported that his engine shut off at 5,500 feet just before 9 PM Friday.

The 63-year-old pilot and his co-pilot are both from the Fairchild Composite Squardron in Spokane and were conducting routine training missions.

The plane didn't hit any vehicles and the landing didn't cause any damage or injuries.

As of 11pm Friday, the plane was still blocking the right lane, but will be removed in the next three hours.  

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol says a plane traveling from Richland to Spokane was forced to land on Highway 395 near milepost 40 in Franklin County.

Troopers tell NBC Right now the plane may have been experiencing engine difficulty or power failure.

Two people were on board, but there were no injuries. Nothing was damaged during the landing.

The right lane of the highway is currently closed while crews work on removing the plane.

We will update you when we have more information.

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