Small plane makes emergency landing on I-95 in Indian River County

Landing caused by 'fuel exhaustion'
Posted at 4:35 AM, Jan 30, 2017

A small plane made an emergency landing overnight on Interstate 95 southbound in Indian River County after departing Fort Pierce.

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A 2004 Piper PA28 single-engine plane landed around 1:30 a.m. Monday south of the State Road 60 exit at mile marker 144.


The Florida Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported.  

All southbound lanes were slowed down on I-95 while the plane was towed 11 miles to a rest area. It arrived at the rest stop just before 8 a.m. where it will be disassembled and then taken to a local airport.

The plane is owned by Ari Ben Aviation Inc.  


The pilot reported fuel exhaustion, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency initially said it was on approach to Vero Beach Regional Airport. The FAA later said the pilot made a stop at Vero Beach Regional Airport and was en route back to Ft Pierce when the incident occurred.

"It was very fortunate there was light traffic at 1 a.m. Any time you can make a landing on an interstate and no one is injured or there is no damage, that’s a positive outcome," said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky. 

The pilot was identified as Firas Awad H. Alghamdi, 20, of Fort Pierce. The FAA is continuing to investigate the incident.