SOUTHEWEST RANCHES, Fla. - A small homemade plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 27 near Griffin Road on Thursday afternoon, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.
The 83-year-old pilot, who was the only one on board, was not injured, Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.
Ralph Squeglia, of Fort Lauderdale, told officials he landed the yellow plane on the shoulder of northbound U.S. 27 shortly after noon because the engine was "running rough," Jachles said.
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The single-seat aircraft with two Volkswagen engines landed on some grass near a pump station north of Griffin. The plane's wing hung over the bike lane of northbound U.S. 27, but the highway was not closed.
The 9-year-old Hummel Bird had departed from North Perry Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Its destination wasn't immediately available.
Squeglia declined to comment.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.