Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Cessna 172H, N8019L: Incident occurred November 19, 2019 near Helena Regional Airport (KHLN), Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena

Aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway due to an engine issue.

Sleeping Giant Flying Club Inc

Date: 19-NOV-19
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N8019L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A small airplane that was draining fuel made an emergency landing on Highway 12 near East Helena on Tuesday afternoon.

“He did a good job landing,” Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said. “There was no structural or any personal damage.”

Around 2:30 p.m., authorities were dispatched to a report of a plane that landed on the highway about 2 miles east of East Helena.

Dutton said the plane departed from Helena Regional Airport and was on its way back when its gauges began indicating fuel loss over Winston.

The pilot told authorities he had fuel when he left, but one of the plane’s drain valves became stuck partially open during flight, which caused the fuel to drain.

“He came right over the top of a vehicle and there was nobody coming against him, and he landed and pulled off the road with no incident,” Dutton said.

Vetter Aviation of Helena refueled the tanks and flew the plane back to Helena around 3:45 p.m., Dutton said.

Pilot Max Dorsi declined to comment for this story. 

Original article can be found here ➤

A Helena man, who is a licensed pilot, made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon on Highway 12, east of East Helena.

It happened just after 2:30 p.m. and was prompted by fuel starvation, according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

No one was injured, and there was no damage to the airplane, Dutton said.

He also said the owner and mechanic responded to fuel the plane so it could return to the Helena airport, using grass near the highway to take off.

No one was cited in the incident.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is a 1967 Cessna 172H, and the registered owner is Sleeping Giant Flying Club of Helena.

Original article can be found here ➤

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