Small plane lands near Interstate 40 in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing near Interstate 40 in Nashville Saturday afternoon.

The plane landed near the entrance ramp leading to I-40 West near the Jefferson Street exit around 2:30 p.m.

The plane was carrying a promotional banner for Lady Antebellum, which the pilot let go of  before landing the plane.

The plane landed safely and the pilot suffered no injuries.

The plane sat beside the interstate for hours. Crews had to take apart the plane to move it from the scene.

The pilot of the plane told News 2 he was flying a banner as it experienced cylinder failure and needed to land. The banner that was flying behind the plane was promoting a contest to meet the members of Lady Antebellum.

Once the band heard about the incident, they invited the pilot to the show over at CMA Fest.

Lady Antebellum had this to say about the incident, and the pilot:

“We are very very grateful that everybody is OK, and he obviously is some master of a pilot to be able to land the way that he did. So, just grateful that everybody is OK. I think we invited him. We tracked him down and I think he will be hanging out with us backstage honestly by the bus. (We) tried to get him out here for the show tonight – but yeah we are happy everybody is OK from that.”

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