Friday, May 17, 2019

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N6753W: Accident occurred May 16, 2019 in Maitland, Orange County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA272

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Maitland, FL
Aircraft: Piper PA28, registration: N6753W

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.

Landed on highway and struck car.

Date: 16-MAY-19
Time: 21:28:00Z
Regis#: N6753W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida - A pilot made an emergency landing Thursday afternoon on an Interstate 4 entry ramp in Maitland, damaging one car in the process, police said.

The plane remained on the shoulder of the road Friday morning surrounded by crime tape and cones. Crews removed the plane's wings and loaded the plane onto a truck Friday afternoon.

The pilot, Angel Garcia, was traveling from South Carolina to Orlando Executive Airport when he ran out of fuel, police said.

"(I was) 11 miles north of the airport, and I just ran out of fuel in one tank," he said.

The pilot landed the plane at about 5:30 p.m. near the entry ramp from Maitland Boulevard to westbound I-4.

“Mayday, mayday! Going down!” Garcia said.

The plane struck a car during the landing, but no one was injured.

Witnesses told Channel 9 they couldn't believe it when they saw a plane in the middle of the on-ramp.

"(On) I-4, you think you see everything, but not planes," one driver said.

"I can only imagine being a driver and seeing that in your rearview mirror coming toward you," driver Kyle Kelly said. "I don't even know how you would respond."

Police said the Federal Aviation Administration will determine if Garcia will be penalized for the landing. 

Original article can be found here ➤

A small airplane made an emergency landing on an Interstate 4 ramp near Maitland, according to reports.

TV news helicopters showed the plane on the shoulder of the highway. It happened around 5:30 p.m. on the Maitland Boulevard exit from I-4 westbound.

Maitland police say the plane landed and hit a car. The pilot and driver of the car were not injured, according to Lt. Louis Grindle.

Grindle said the pilot reported the airplane ran out of fuel.

According to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the plane was headed to Orlando Executive Airport.

Traffic is bottled up but roads and exits are open.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration registry, the plane is a fixed-wing single-engine Piper aircraft, registered to Lloyd C. McKinney of Gurley, Alabama.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Original article ➤


  1. "(I was) 11 miles north of the airport, and I just ran out of fuel in one tank,"

    That's why you have two tanks and manage them accordingly. Stop flying if you can't even do basics like manage fuel.

  2. Never any excuse for running out of fuel.

  3. "I just ran out of fuel in one tank" - famous last words of Angel Garcia

  4. In the last 100 miles of his "airplane ride" (Angel has lost his priveledge of being called a pilot, he was a passenger) he passed no less than 10 airports which sell fuel. Now, the rest of us will see higher insurance rates. At least the pilotless airplane didn't physically hurt anyone on the ground. Don't discount trauma lawsuits for millions though.