Region 8 Man Puts Plane Down on Alabama Freeway

December 3, 2003 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CDT

BIRMINGHAM, AL - A small plane piloted by a construction executive from Arkansas crash-landed on an Alabama freeway exit ramp.  Traffic in Birmingham was slowed, but three people aboard the plane escaped serious injury.

A family member says Rick Cowart, of Salem, was flying the Cessna 182-K from Arkansas, preparing to land at Birmingham International Airport last night.

But the plane clipped a power line at about 50 feet and went nose down, spilling fuel across the Interstate 20/59 exit ramp.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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