Author Topic: 29 Mar: Cessna 172B, N8145X, fuel exhaustion land on Interstate 81 in VA  (Read 424 times)

Offline Carro

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The pilot reported fuel exhaustion and landed on interstate 81 in Abingdon, Virginia.
http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/04/cessna-172b-n8145x-incident-occurred.html
https://www.wthr.com/article/low-fuel-plane-lands-highway
From the article:
Patrick Lower, a Virginia State Trooper said the pilot just purchased the plane that morning, “and apparently, it's got a faulty gas gauge."



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Patrick Lower, a Virginia State Trooper said the pilot just purchased the plane that morning, “and apparently, it's got a faulty gas gauge."

Man, this is unbelievable. When I go rent an aircraft for fun or time-building, I make sure they hand all papers to me, show and let me know about every screw of it. If the previous owner was aware of the faulty gauge and didn't tell him... if the previous owner was aware and did tell him...

Whatever it was, always check (or try to) your tanks visually - difficult on a high wing plane though. Glad he made it on the road.

Thanks for sharing, Carro!

Offline kb4tez

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oh when it comes to fuel, trust but verify.  Now standing 6'7" it's not hard for me to check the fuel, and still do it every single time, no matter what the gauge may say.
glad he put it down safely.