Louisiana State Police are working to clear a plane crash just off 1-10 in East Baton Rouge Parish near Bluff Rd. and Highland Rd.
Around 10 a.m., a single engine 4-passenger aircraft crashed in the eastbound lane of I-10 between Bayou Manchac and the Highland Rd. exit. The only person in the craft was the pilot, James Ritter of Prairieville. He was treated for minor injuries.
According to WVUE Fox 8, Ritter stated that the plane experienced a sudden loss of oil pressure, necessitating the emergency landing on the interstate. The plane clipped a truck on the way down, but the truck left the scene. The aircraft came to rest in the tree line just off the roadway.
“Any landing you walk away from is a good landing,” Ritter said. “I’m fortunate, some wood to knock on.”
Ritter said that he has been flying since he was 18 years old and this is the first time that anything like this has happened to him.
Traffic was briefly diverted, but the interstate has since been reopened.