Plane safely lands next to road in Polk County, police say

Pilot, passenger safe after landing

A plane landed in the shoulder near the eastbound lanes of the Polk Parkway, according to Lakeland police (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

LAKELAND, Fla. – Part of the Polk Parkway was briefly closed Thursday after a small plane landed on the grass shoulder, partially blocking the road, according to Lakeland police.

Officers said the plane landed near exit 4.

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Police closed the eastbound lanes briefly to load the plane onto a trailer and remove it from the area.

The pilot and a passenger were not injured in the landing, according to police.

Police did not say what forced the plane to land on the shoulder of the road.

UPDATE: The plane has been removed and the roadway is open. Be safe out there. #TrafficAlert Polk...

Posted by LakelandPD on Thursday, April 15, 2021

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