Chris Gothner, Digital Journalist

Christina Vazquez, Reporter

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Pembroke Pines police said the plane’s pilot landed the aircraft in the highway’s southbound lanes, south of Pembroke Road, after it suffered engine trouble.

According to the Pembroke Pines Fire Department, the aircraft was on a training exercise at the time.

Flight tracking data showed the plane, a Piper Cherokee registered to Florida General Aviation, took off from North Perry Airport just before 1:30 p.m.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a rental. They said a piston rod “let loose,” ripping a hole in its engine.

Southbound traffic was being “temporarily delayed” until authorities can clear the roadway, police said.