FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA483
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Covington, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5283R
NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY AND STRUCK A ROAD SIGN, NEAR COVINGTON, GEORGIA.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
After running out of fuel and making an emergency landing on I-20 in Newton County, a small plane sits in the plane parking area at Covington Municipal Airport, waiting for inspection by FAA officials. The only apparent damage to the plan is a small dent that can be see on the front end of the right wing (far left in photo). It is not known if the dent was caused by the emergency landing, or was already there.
COVINGTON - FAA investigators are at the Covington Municipal Airport today, examining a small plane after the pilot reportedly ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing on Interstate 20 west near mile marker 95 just before midnight Saturday. The plane landed safely and no one was injured.
A Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report identifies the pilot as Jeremy James Dupree, 38, of Covington. Dupree told deputies that he was flying from Valdosta to Monroe in his 1974 Cessna 172 when he ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing on I-20.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, they received a call at 11:57 p.m. from Dupree stating he had just landed on I-20. Dupree was able to move the plane into the grass and it was not blocking any travel lanes.
Police and emergency vehicles, along with the FAA and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, responded to the scene. Dupree was able to put more fuel in his plane and, with deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office shutting down I-20 briefly, was able to taxi his plane off the interstate at the Ga. Highway 142 exit.
The plane was transported to the Covington Municipal Airport and parked in the aircraft parking area. The only damage that could be seen on the plane was a small dent in the front side end of the right wing. It is not known if the damage was caused in the landing or was already there.