Plane makes unexpected stop in Chugiak

Emergency landing “something you don’t see every day”


Anchorage Police said this home-built airplane flown by Craig Walls landed on the Old Glenn Highway then went into the ditch near the Rural Discount Center in Chugiak on Sunday, June 3. Walls was uninjured.

Courtesy of Bill Waddell

A pilot was forced to land his home-built single engine airplane on the Old Glenn Highway near the Rural Discount Center in Chugiak on Sunday, June 3.

Anchorage poilce spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said pilot Craig Walls landed on the road and then veered into the ditch.

Parker said Walls was uninjured and able to get out of the plane after coming to rest in the ditch.

“Something went wrong and he put ‘er down,” Parker said.

Area resident Eric Stevenson said he heard emergency sirens outside his home Sunday morning and went to see what the commotion was about. He said his eyes got big when he saw the yellow-and-blue plane resting in the ditch.

“That’s something you don’t see every day,” Stevenson said.

Walls declined to speak with media at the scene.

According to the FAA’s online registry, Walls built the plane himself, getting certification for the aircraft in 2011.

According to Walls’ website,, he began building the plane in 2007, after purchasing the kit from Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing of British Columbia, according to his website.


Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or

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