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UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.

The pilot of a plane that landed on the Coquihalla Highway Sunday appears to have gotten out safely, according to a witness.

A photograph sent to Castanet shows the man exiting the grey and orange aircraft. 

"Very scary. He landed safe, thought was on fire... called in three cops and ambulance showed up," said the reader.


ORIGINAL: 5:05 p.m.

Drivers on the Coquihalla Highway witnessed a strange sight on Sunday afternoon.

A small aircraft  landed on the median of Highway 5 at about 4 p.m.

Jackie Rugwell was travelling on the Coquihalla heading back to Kelowna when she spotted the small grey-and-orange plane.

“In the middle there is grass and it was parked, like it was landed in the grass,” Rugwell said.

She wondered if it landed on the highway and moved to the grass to get off the highway.

“We are 13 kilometres outside of Merritt,” she said.

DriveBC told Castanet they were not notified about the aircraft because it was not on the road.

Images circulating on social media show a police officer and a man standing beside the small aircraft.

DriveBC believes three police officer and one ambulance attended the scene.

Rugwell said the plane appeared to be intact and did not look like it had crashed.

Castanet has reached out to Merritt RCMP, but have not received a response back.



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