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By John Fleming
Minnesota Department of Transportation Aeronautics 

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The successful landing of an aircraft isn’t usually something to write about, but in December, Minneapolis pilot Craig Gifford made his most noteworthy touchdown.

After an engine failure late on the night of Dec. 3, 2020, Gifford guided his Bellanca Viking down for an emergency landing on Interstate 35W. Luckily, no one was injured.

Traffic cameras captured the event and Gifford received his 15 minutes of fame.

While the interstate is not the best place to land, it certainly isn’t the worst. According to the NTSB database, 62% of general aviation crashes occur during take-off and land...

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