The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 172 was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway in the Santa Rosa area of the park early on the morning of Thursday, August 19th. Neither of the occupants – pilot trainee Kevin Murphy and instructor Christopher Casey – was injured. Murphy, who was on his third day of flight training, was at the controls and practicing maneuvers to deal with various in-flight emergencies when the engine actually started sputtering. Casey immediately took the controls and glided the plane down to a landing on J. Earle Bowden Way, avoiding numerous signs as he taxied the plane into a parking lot. Nobody was in the area and there was no damage to any park property. The mechanical problem was fixed, and, following consultation with an FAA agent, the plane was allowed to take off. Rangers and personnel from other agencies closed down the highway until the Cessna was safely airborne.