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Intoxicated pilot runs out of fuel, lands on highway

A pilot is lucky to be alive after he made an emergency landing on a busy interstate in the Kansas City area early Friday morning — authorities believe the man was drunk. The Missouri Highway Patrol says a small plane landed in the westbound lanes of I-70 at mile marker 26, east of Grain Valley, early Friday. The plane was able to avoid all vehicles on the interstate. Authorities said the pilot was the only occupant and suffered minor injuries. The fact that no driver was injured and that the pilot walked away is made all the more incredible since authorities believe the pilot was drunk. The initial investigation released by the highway patrol Friday morning says the pilot called in an emergency landing after running out of fuel. He was found to be intoxicated and arrested. Highway Patrol officials identified the pilot as 35-year-old John T. Seesing. Authorities said they suspect intoxication from a combination of alcohol and drugs. The plane hit a guard rail during this emergency landing. No other damage was reported. Flight Aware indicates the pilot and the plane in question flew out of the Kansas City area early Thursday morning before landing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Flight path records show the plane then left Florida late Thursday night before making an emergency landing on the interstate early Friday. Authorities said it’s fortunate that this crash happened in the early morning hours when there are fewer cars on the interstate. MSHP records show Seesing faces six possible charges: DWI, C and I for accident, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The FAA will continue to investigate this incident. Crews were able to tow the plane off the road around 5:30 a.m.

A pilot is lucky to be alive after he made an emergency landing on a busy interstate in the Kansas City area early Friday morning — authorities believe the man was drunk.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says a small plane landed in the westbound lanes of I-70 at mile marker 26, east of Grain Valley, early Friday.

The plane managed to avoid all vehicles on the interstate.

Authorities said the pilot was the only person on board and suffered minor injuries.

The fact that no driver was injured and that the pilot walked away is made more incredible since authorities believe the pilot was drunk.

The initial investigation released by the highway patrol Friday morning says the pilot called in an emergency landing after running out of fuel. He was found to be intoxicated and arrested.

Highway Patrol officials identified the pilot as 35-year-old John T. Seesing. Authorities said they suspect intoxication from a combination of alcohol and drugs.

The plane struck a guard rail during this emergency landing. No other damage was reported.

Flight Aware indicates the pilot and the plane in question flew out of the Kansas City area early Thursday morning before landing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Flight path records show the plane then departed Florida late Thursday night before making an emergency landing on the interstate early Friday.

Authorities said it’s fortunate that this crash happened in the early morning hours, when there are fewer cars on the interstate.

MSHP records show Seesing faces six possible charges: DWI, C and I involving an accident, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The FAA will continue to investigate this incident.

Crews were able to tow the plane off the road around 5:30 a.m

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