Plane removed from I-81 after emergency landing


A small airplane has been removed from the interstate after the pilot made an emergency landing because the aircraft ran out of fuel. 

The plane landed around 6 p.m. Friday on Interstate 81 north near exit 7 in Virginia. 

No one was hurt and no vehicles were struck, according to Virginia State Police. 

News Channel 11 spoke to a VSP official on scene who was able to give Jackie DeFusco a live update on our WJHL Facebook page:

According to the FAA database, the plane is a Cessna 172B registered to David B. Hobart of Virginia Beach. 

VSP originally said the aircraft would be refueled so the pilot could take off using the interstate as a runway. Instead, the plane was loaded onto a tow truck and removed from the scene around 8 p.m. VSP said it would be taken to Virginia Highlands Airport. 

The pilot told News Channel 11 he just purchased the aircraft and that was his first time flying it as owner.

One lane of I-81 was closed while the plane remained parked on the shoulder of the interstate. 

April Smith sent us the following video on Facebook: 

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