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Plane makes emergency landing on I-35

This plane made an emergency landing on an Interstate 35 off ramp in Chisago County Saturday, Feb. 2. Courtesy of Chisago County sheriff’s office

STACY, Minn. -- A small yellow plane with an overheating engine used an Interstate 35 on-ramp in Chisago County as a landing strip Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Chisago County sheriff’s office tweeted out a photo of the plane, saying the pilot then taxied to a nearby Kwik Trip gas station in Stacy.

No one was injured.

The pilot, Michael Robbins, 47, of Cambridge, Minn., left the Cambridge Municipal Airport that morning and flew to New Richmond Regional Airport in Wisconsin. From there, he landed on Green Lake in Chisago Lakes Township to visit some friends who were going to be ice fishing, said Sgt. Steve Pouti of the Chisago County sheriff’s office.

Robbins had noticed that his plane’s temperature was running high, so after leaving the lake, he headed back toward Cambridge, but only made it as far as Stacy before the plane’s temperature became critical, Pouti said.

He circled, looking for a place to land, and chose the interstate on-ramp. From there, he taxied to the gas station on Stacy Trail.

Police received a call at 11:19 a.m. that a plane had landed on the highway. The sheriff’s deputies assisted the Minnesota State Patrol and waited with Robbins while he fixed his plane in the Kwik Trip parking lot.

About 4:15 p.m., Robbins had the plane fixed. The police blocked off the road so he could get airborne.

Pouti confirmed that Robbins made it safely back to his hangar in Cambridge.

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