Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing On I-10

July 26, 2021

A small plane made an emergency landing on I-10 near Milton Sunday evening after the pilot ran out of fuel.

Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol they observed the single engine plane circle around before landing on the interstate. Troopers arrived to find the plane safely on the shoulder of the roadway and the pilot unharmed.

“It’s not every day we respond to an airplane on the interstate,” said FHP Lt. Jason King.

The pilot made his own arrangement to have the plane removed from I-10.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the emergency landing.

Photos courtesy Florida Highway Patrol for, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing On I-10”

  1. Charlie on July 27th, 2021 11:45 pm

    @Wise Years—I had a Piper J3 “Cub” It had no visible fuel line. Not sure about that Aeronca 7AC, but the Cubs fuel tank was located inside & forward, just under the very basic instrument panel. Just forward of the windshield was the fuel cap, on top of the cowling. The “fuel gauge” was a cork attached at the bottom of a straight wire that went up through the center of the cap. The more fuel in the tank, the more the wire showed. Little to no wire showing, you were on or near an empty tank. Sometimes the wire might get stuck from rust & give a false reading, so when you checked the oil, it was good practice to get oil on your fingers from the dipstick & oil the wire to prevent sticking.

  2. John on July 27th, 2021 11:05 am

    ON second look, I think you are right dave!

  3. Dave on July 26th, 2021 8:11 pm

    That is not a Piper J2 or J3, its an Aeronca 7AC representing an L-16

  4. Wise Years on July 26th, 2021 6:32 pm

    I believe that old cub has a visible fuel line inside the cabin, and no fuel gauge like you would think of. I think that is a J2 or J3.

  5. Susie on July 26th, 2021 8:47 am

    Was it Harrison Ford?

    Glad everyone is ok, no matter who it was.

  6. Observer on July 26th, 2021 7:40 am

    I’m really glad the pilot safely saved that little old piece of history.

  7. John on July 26th, 2021 7:22 am

    That’s stubborn fuel gauge is acting up again, oh well I can still make it.

  8. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on July 26th, 2021 2:15 am

    I meant to say, sooooooooooo glad the pilot was not hurt.

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