Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cessna 172D Skyhawk, N2884U: Incident occurred September 09, 2020 in Knoxville, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft experienced fuel issues and made a forced landing on the interstate.

East Tennessee Pilots Club Inc

Date: 09-SEP-20
Time: 14:13:00Z
Regis#: N2884U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A small plane made an emergency landing on I-640 after it ran out of fuel, according to Knoxville Police. It took off safely after refueling less about an hour later.

The Cessna 172D Skyhawk with a pilot and two passengers onboard took off from Sky Ranch Airport near Alcoa Highway and was on the way to Island Home Airport in South Knoxville when he realized he didn't have enough fuel to make it, according to Capt. D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Dept.

The plane landed safely in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near Washington Pike around 10 a.m. No vehicles were hit when the plane came in for a landing and the plane was not damaged.

Dispatchers told 10News they had no warning from air traffic control. All of their information was coming in from witnesses who saw the plane.

Corcoran said a friend of the pilot brought fuel to the landing area and they were able to refuel the plane.

Authorities blocked the interstate, giving the pilot approximately 2,000 feet of space to safely take off. The plane was back in the air in just about an hour.


  1. Glad the family is okay and nobody was injured on the ground (assuming the two females in the picture are his family). Other than that, this is another GA pilot who fails to do the basics in flying like fuel management and put not only himself and his family's lives in jeopardy, but those on the ground as well.

    Link to the club:

    One thing interesting is the club's "About Us" sentence: "The East Tennessee Pilot's Club is a non profit organization and was founded to promote and advance aviation and to encourage the fellowship in a relaxed, unstructured environment."

    ^^You can't get more relaxed and unstructured in a flying environment like not worrying about how much fuel you have on board for your destination. ​

    1. It’s a shame there’s a significant number of bitter pilots with obvious personality disorders, commenting on incidents and making conclusions without any information to make a determination.

      I know the pilot, he’s an ATP CFI. His airmanship to have the engine quit at 1,000’ and put it down safely and then take right off again in 40 minutes later was lauded by everyone involved in the investigation.
      He carefully measured the fuel before departing but was given the wrong calibration for fuel qty conversion.
      Btw, it was only 2 S.O.B. Student & CFI.