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Plane ran out of gas before landing on U.S. 441

POSTED: April 14, 2014 11:38 p.m.

A single-engine Cessna plane that had to make an emergency landing on U.S. 441 in Commerce on Sunday morning appears to have run out of gas.

Pilot Donald Moffett was flying the airplane with an adult, August Curcio, and two juvenile passengers aboard from Charleston, S.C., to Gainesville when he began experiencing engine trouble.

Moffett, unable to make it to the Jackson County Airport, landed the plane on the highway and rolled to a stop in the turn lane of W.E. King Road.

“The plane did make a safe landing and none of the four passengers on the plane were injured,” Jackson County Emergency Services Director Steve Nichols said in a statement. “Luckily, at the time of the incident, traffic was very light and no damage was reported.”

The passengers were reportedly returning from a Boy Scout event.

According to a Commerce Police Department incident report, a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration assessed the scene and recommended the plane be removed from the road without further investigation.

Moffett was given a ride to a local gas station to fill an empty tank, and with the assistance of the Department of Transportation, he taxied the plane north to Ga. 59 and parked it in a pasture behind a tractor business overnight.
Moffett reportedly contacted a company in Griffin to transport the plane on Monday.

He was then given a “courtesy ride” to the nearest Taco Bell, according to the incident report.


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