Pilot runs out of Fuel and Lands on I-595 in Florida

  • Sep 24, 2015 1:57pm GMT

I'm not sure what you can say about this one except "Oops". In the pilot's defense, I have to say he did a great job landing the aircraft. The pilot actually touched down initially on the roof of a gold colored Honda before landing on the interstate, and considering no one was hurt, things could have been a lot worse. It'll be interesting to see why the controllers refused to let him land and sequenced an Airbus aircraft in front of him.

As reported by: Peter Burke Davie, Fl. A small plane made an emergency landing Thursday morning on Interstate 595 in Davie.

It happened in the westbound lanes of I-595 near Southwest 136th Avenue.

A view from Sky 10 showed the 1963 single-engine Piper PA-24 Comanche in the shoulder of I-595.

The pilot, identified as Scott Richmond, 58, of Comstock Park, Michigan, was not injured. He waved to Sky 10 and could be seen sitting on a wing of the plane. A check of the plane's tail number shows it is registered to Gary Hill of Nashville, Tennessee.

Richmond told Local 10 News reporter John Turchin that he was headed to South Florida from South Carolina on a business trip.

As Richmond was approaching Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, air traffic control suddenly refused to allow him to land, explaining that an airbus needed the runway immediately.

Richmond flew around for a while and was passed on to Miami International Airport's air traffic controllers, but he realized that he couldn't stay in the air for much longer.

So Richmond decided to land on the highway, clipping the top of a gold Honda. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seen taking a photograph of the damage.

"She sputtered and quit," Richmond said. "She ran out of fuel."

Westbound traffic was being detoured off the interstate at Nob Hill Road. Traffic was backed up all the way to Interstate 95.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the pilot was the only person on board the plane.

Richmond said he has been flying for about six years and just purchased the plane two weeks ago.