Hawley, MN (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota State Patrol, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an incident that occurred on a northern Minnesota highway Tuesday morning.

The State Patrol says a woman was driving on the highway when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the same time on the same section of pavement because the aircraft’s engine failed shortly after taking off from the airport in Hawley.

Minnesota State Patrol photo

The pilot safely landed on the highway, but aircraft was traveling fast enough that it caught up with the woman’s car and the propeller shredded a portion of the driver’s side rear fender.

The woman told the State Patrol she noticed the plane approaching in her mirror but was not able to move out of the way quickly enough to avoid the collision. Her car sustained significant damage, but no injuries were reported.

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