Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR WHITESVILLE, GEORGIA.
HAMILTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a pilot’s emergency landing Monday on Interstate 185 near exit 25.
The single-engine plane landed in the interstate’s northbound lanes at about 10:20 a.m. after apparently running out of fuel, according to Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Maurice Raines, commander of GSP’s LaGrange post.
No one was injured, according to a Harris County sheriff’s deputy on scene.
The pilot was the only person on board and declined to be interviewed. He departed the Pine Mountain airport earlier in the day, Raines said.
A crew refueled the plane on the side of the interstate. Law enforcement officers temporarily blocked traffic to allow the pilot to taxi and take off from the northbound lanes. The plane was airborne by about 12:25 p.m.
Raines said the pilot may face charges, depending on the FAA’s investigation.
“We’re looking into what the FAA will say, because he really messed up traffic flow,” Raines said.
Kathreen Bergens, an FAA spokeswoman, said the investigators will review the incident and aircraft’s records.
“The FAA will interview the pilot why it was necessary to land on I-185,” she said in a written statement. “The FAA also may review aircraft operations and maintenance records and may inspect the aircraft to determine if any mechanical problems resulted in the off-airport landing. If the FAA determines that any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated, then the agency can take enforcement action against the person or company responsible.”
The FAA does not release names of pilots, Bergens added.
It was unclear how long the FAA’s investigation will take.
According to the plane’s registration on the FAA’s website, it is a Cessna 182F registered to an owner in Jackson, Georgia.
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12:28 p.m. — The plane that landed on I-185 Monday morning has taken off safely, according to a WRBL photographer on the scene. He says Georgia State Patrol officers blocked both lanes of I-185 northbound to give the pilot enough clear space to use the highway as a runway.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the plane ran out of gas and was forced to land. The plane was able to take of again after refueling.
11:24 a.m. — News 3’s reporter on the scene says Georgia State Patrol has opened both lanes of traffic on I-185 northbound, but continue to investigate a plane landed in the shoulder near exit 25.
HARRIS COUNTY, Ga — The Georgia State Patrol says a small plane had to make and emergency landing on Interstate-185 northbound near exit 25.
Witnesses say the plane came down just after 10:30 a.m. A State Patrol officer says the plane touched down with no injuries and no damage on the ground. He says the pilot called in saying there may have been a loss of power on board.
The State Patrol is on the scene investigating and one lane of I-185 northbound is blocked from oncoming traffic.
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