Friday, February 28, 2020

Cessna 172, N6487B: Incident occurred February 26, 2020 in Elkins, Washington County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas 

Aircraft lost engine power due to fuel exhaustion and landed on a highway.

Date: 26-FEB-20
Time: 02:25:00Z
Regis#: N6487B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

ELKINS, Arkansas — A small plane landed on a stretch of Highway 16 near Elkins Wednesday night (February 26th).

According to eyewitnesses, the plane ran out of fuel before making an emergency landing. No injuries have been reported.

The pilot tells 5NEWS he knew he was running low on fuel, saw a clear space, and performed an emergency landing. 

Elkins police department and fire department were able to get fuel to the pilot and shut down a portion of the highway. The pilot then used Highway 16 as a runway and took off.

Police said the plane was headed to a Springdale airport before it came down. 

Eyewitnesses said they saw the plane losing speed and height rapidly. 

The plane was a Cessna 172. The pilot tells 5NEWS he was a little embarrassed about the incident, but is thankful everything turned out okay.

Original article can be found here ➤

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