GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (KCTV) – An intoxicated pilot who ran out of fuel had to make an emergency landing on Interstate 70 east of Grain Valley early Friday morning, hitting no vehicles and causing no serious injury in the process, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Highway patrol and local authorities were called at 2:34 a.m. to the westbound lanes of I-70, where a small plane had made an emergency landing on the freeway. The pilot — the only person on board — suffered minor injuries, according to highway patrol.
The westbound lanes of I-70 remain closed for several hours after the incident. The aircraft was removed and westbound lanes reopened shortly after 5 a.m.
Online flight records indicate the aircraft is a single engine Piper Cherokee owned by Warrior Aviation LC in Prairie Village, KS. He had made several flights in the 24 hours before the emergency landing, flying from Kansas City to Florida and then back.
The plane last took off near Warrensburg at 2:15 a.m. Records show the flight lasted 19 minutes, with the plane landing on the highway at 2:34 a.m.
The pilot radioed that he was out of fuel and needed to make an emergency landing on the highway. The aircraft had a minor collision with a guardrail while landing, but did not hit anything otherwise.
Highway Patrol said the driver was intoxicated. He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and arrested.
Flight records indicate the craft took off from Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City at 3 a.m. Thursday and flew to Daytona Beach, Florida, with brief stops in Mississippi and Alabama in progress. of road. He then turned around and headed back to Kansas City, stopping in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Warrensburg, MO.
Highway Patrol arrest records later identified the driver as 35-year-old John Seesing of Prairie Village. He was facing charges of Driving a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Consumables drug.
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