Landing on I-81

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by wrbix, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. wrbix

    wrbix Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,694
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pilot Lite
    http://wcyb.com/news/local/small-aircraft-makes-emergency-landing-on-i-81
    Appears from description and Flight Aware data most likely fuel exhaustion.
    First day owning plane.
    Flight Aware course is interesting: westbound, then brief 180, then resumed westbound, then seems to have tried unsuccessfully again to reach KVJI eastbound again.
    Must’ve gotten lucky w traffic, I-81 through there is generally pretty congested.
    Interesting they brought fuel truck from KVJI but seemingly wouldn’t let him fly out from interstate.
     
  2. Eric Lehto

    Eric Lehto Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2018
    Messages:
    36
    Location:
    Antelope Valley, CA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Lombard
    "it had a faulty gas gauge"

    Wow, seems like a solid excuse.
     
    Huckster79 and wrbix like this.
  3. wrbix

    wrbix Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,694
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pilot Lite
    It passed with the VA Highway Patrol.....suspect will be less successful with the FSDO.
     
  4. Ravioli

    Ravioli Final Approach

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    6,520
    Location:
    Fort Worth
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pasta Man
    Curious why they refueled it before putting it on the truck.
     
  5. GRG55

    GRG55 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    6,449
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Aztec Flyer
    Every good FBO wants their ramp attendants to meet the plane as soon as it lands. Gotta give this FBO credit for well trained staff that made the fuel sale under challenging off-site circumstances. I see an "Employee of the Month" award coming up for them. :D
     
  6. wrbix

    wrbix Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,694
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pilot Lite
    My suspicion is that the pilot was trying to arrange to take off from the Interstate, until someone called the FAA and spoiled that fun.
     
  7. FORANE

    FORANE Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    2,048
    Location:
    TN
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    FORANE
    That's close to home but I don't recognize the plane. Probably would have resulted in less traffic backup had they allowed him to take off from the interstate.
     
  8. EdFred

    EdFred Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2005
    Messages:
    22,728
    Location:
    Michigan
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ed Frederick
    The FAA wouldn't care if you took off from the highway was probably the state or local police that said no.
     
    SkyDog58 and Polarisguy like this.
  9. benyflyguy

    benyflyguy Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    1,768
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    benyflyguy
    A dipstick and a little fourth grade math could’ve prevented this.
     
    AKBill and Huckster79 like this.
  10. Unit74

    Unit74 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    5,981
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Unit74
    It’s only accurate when it reads zero.....
     
  11. wrbix

    wrbix Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,694
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pilot Lite
    Pilot from Tazewell, TN....seems to have been first flight getting plane from Norfolk, VA to TN.
     
  12. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Final Approach

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    9,743
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mark
    Is there an almost 60 year old 172 out there without a faulty gas gauge? :D
     
    Huckster79 and Todd82 like this.
  13. Stingray Don

    Stingray Don En-Route

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,696
    Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Stingray Don
    The gas gauge in my plane is very accurate. :)

    [​IMG]
     
  14. midwestpa24

    midwestpa24 Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Messages:
    1,301
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    midwestpa24
    Its a good idea to keep some type of lanyard on those. They can slip right into the tank. Ask me how I know...
     
  15. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Final Approach

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    9,743
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mark
    Can we get a photo of you checking the fuel in flight? :D
     
    AKBill, Todd82 and Stingray Don like this.
  16. iflyvfr

    iflyvfr Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,573
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Greg
    It was only 268 NMs and he seemed to be making good time. I wonder if he failed to refuel after the 1 hr flight the day before - that would have put him over 4 hours in the air - a place I've never been personally.
     
    wrbix likes this.
  17. Stingray Don

    Stingray Don En-Route

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,696
    Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Stingray Don
    Just a sec. I need to set up a green screen first. :)
     
    Zeldman, Skyrys62 and midlifeflyer like this.
  18. Ryanb

    Ryanb Final Approach PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Messages:
    9,502
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ryan
    So do all of the airplanes I fly.
     
  19. Stingray Don

    Stingray Don En-Route

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2014
    Messages:
    2,696
    Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Stingray Don
    Google comes through again!

    [​IMG]
     
  20. luvflyin

    luvflyin Final Approach

    Joined:
    May 8, 2015
    Messages:
    6,383
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Luvflyin
    If what the article said is true, he don't get no pat on the back from me for making a good landing and not bending the plane. But who knows. I'm still trying to get my head wrapped around "...The aircraft was re-fueled and taken on a flatbed tow truck to Virginia Highlands Airport..."
     
    wrbix likes this.
  21. SkyDog58

    SkyDog58 Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    13,121
    Location:
    My own special place.
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Canis Non Grata
    Yep most likely someone gave permission to takeoff so they called for fuel then a superior caught wind of it and said oh hell no.
     
  22. Fallsrider

    Fallsrider Pre-takeoff checklist PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2018
    Messages:
    371
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Fallsrider
    That would be my assumption, too.
     
  23. Huckster79

    Huckster79 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2018
    Messages:
    774
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Huckster79
    Remember a bit back there was one on here with a “coolant loss” landed on a freeway exit ramp and the local pd there stopped traffic once he got it running to take off... so yea I bet what others are saying it was a go until it want
     
  24. Sundancer

    Sundancer En-Route

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,742
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Sundog
    Guy ran out of fuel in a club T-41 (or C-172?) heading back to Fort Meade, and landed on a state road. No damage, and they closed the road after refueling it, and the club manager (or other club officer) took off and flew it home.
     
  25. mryan75

    mryan75 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    798
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    mryan75
    All fuel gauges on 60s GA airplanes are faulty.
     
    Jen likes this.
  26. flyingron

    flyingron Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2007
    Messages:
    16,583
    Location:
    Catawba, NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    FlyingRon
    There was a news report years back that the plane landed off-airport because the spark plugs fouled but was able to depart again after they were cleaned. Many of us supposed that the process included filling those tanks of "spark plug cleaner" in the wings.
     
    wrbix and Stingray Don like this.