The pilot then made an emergency landing on Interstate 70 to the west near Oak Grove. The little plane he was flying ran out of fuelSaid a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.
The pilot was arrested on suspicion of being drunk with drugs and alcohol, Sgt said. Andy Bell, a spokesman for highway patrol. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
A 35-year-old Prairie Village male pilot was arrested on suspicion of careless and inadvertent behavior, including drunk driving, crashes, felony possession of controlled substances, felony possession of firearms, and possession of less than 10 grams. .. Illegal possession of marijuana and drug-related equipment, according to arrest reports.
Pilots have a Student Pilot Certificate issued in January 2020, according to the FAA’s Airman Register. He is forbidden to carry passengers.
Bell said the pilot was traveling from Florida and on his way to Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City.
The plane landed on the freeway just before 3 am when it hit a guardrail along the side of the interstate highway. Only the pilot was on board and suffered minor injuries.
According to the patrol, no vehicle collided with the plane.
Initially, the incident was thought to affect morning commuting as the crew worked to remove the plane. The affected area was near Mile Marker 26 between Grain Valley and Oak Grove in Jackson County.
Just before 5:30 am, Patrol reports that the plane has been removed And all the lanes of I-70 reopened.
The Federal Aviation Administration was supporting the investigation.