Small plane runs out of gas, lands on Georgia highway median

A small plane made an emergency landing on a Georgia highway median when it abruptly ran out of fuel in mid-air. Screenshot: Storyful

HAMPTON, Ga., Oct. 21 (UPI) — A small plane made a bumpy landing on a highway median in Georgia when it ran out of gas on its way to an airport to refuel.

Pilot Ian McMahon said he was flying from Hampton, Ga., to the West Georgia Regional Airport in Carrollton to fuel up the aircraft for an upcoming trip when the plane ran out of gas in mid-air.

“I’m based over in Hampton and I was coming over to Carrollton to fill it up with gas for a trip and I guess the totalizer was recording inaccurately because it ran out,” McMahon told WGCL-TV. “With no power on this airplane it drops pretty quickly so I had to keep the nose down and keep the speed up and I saw the median and aimed for it.”

McMahon successfully landed on the median between the lanes of Highway 166 in Carroll County.

He said the landing was a bit bumpy due to his 130 mph speed.

“I think I did an okay job, I didn’t hit any cars and I didn’t kill myself,” McMahon said.

McMahon said he suffered some minor back pain as a result of the rough landing, but there were no other injuries.


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