Monday, January 30, 2017

Piper PA-28-161, Ari Ben Aviator, N448ND: Incident occurred January 30, 2017 in Indian River County, Florida

ARI BEN AVIATOR INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N448ND 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ORLANDO FSDO SO-15


AIRCRAFT RAN OUT OF FUEL AND LANDED ON I-95 SOUTHBOUND, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA 


Date: 30-JAN-17
Time: 06:30:00Z
Regis#: N448ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28-161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, Ari Ben Aviator, N2878U: Incident occurred January 20, 2017 in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Orlando

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 

Date: 20-JAN-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N2878U
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA


The Florida Highway Patrol identified the pilot as 20-year-old Firas Awad H Alghamdi of Saudi Arabia.



















INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - A small plane made an emergency landing overnight on Interstate 95 southbound in Indian River County after departing Fort Pierce.

A 2004 Piper PA28 single-engine plane landed around 1:30 a.m. Monday south of the State Road 60 exit at mile marker 144.

The Florida Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported.  

All southbound lanes were slowed down on I-95 while the plane was towed 11 miles to a rest area. It arrived at the rest stop just before 8 a.m. where it will be disassembled and then taken to a local airport.

The plane is owned by Ari Ben Aviator, Inc.  

The pilot reported fuel exhaustion, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency initially said it was on approach to Vero Beach Regional Airport. The FAA later said the pilot made a stop at Vero Beach Regional Airport and was en route back to Ft Pierce when the incident occurred.

"It was very fortunate there was light traffic at 1 a.m. Any time you can make a landing on an interstate and no one is injured or there is no damage, that’s a positive outcome," said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky. 

The pilot was identified as Firas Awad H. Alghamdi, 20, of Fort Pierce. The FAA is continuing to investigate the incident.

Story, photo gallery and video: http://www.wptv.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit interested in why the tail number was taped up on scene. Reminds me of the story of Quantas running their otter into a ditch in PNG and quickly painting over the logo. Doesn't work and is extremely suspicious.

Anonymous said...

It is not illegal to block out an N number upon an "incident". Affords a little anonymity for the aircraft owner. I've seen it numerous times. Running out of fuel is a major no-no however, and will surely result in FAA action against the pilot.

Anonymous said...

The covering of the tail numbers are mostly from flight schools. There are some flight schools that get very defensive. I have encountered them. But on the other hand, I have personally witnessed other flights schools, one that comes to mind immediately is Fischer Aviation. They take the time to be interviewed by the news media. They explained as much information as the general public (non-pilots) can understand, in layman's terms. Such things as any injuries, what happened to the aircraft, how they were able to land safely. They have done news media videos. Why? Because they have nothing to hide from the FAA, NTSB, customers, pilots, general public.