Plane makes emergency landing on I-70, pilot intoxicated

A pilot is lucky to be alive after making an emergency landing on a busy stretch of freeway in the Kansas City area early Friday morning — authorities believe the man was in good condition inebriated. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that a small plane landed in the westbound lanes of I-70 at Mile 26, east of Grain Valley, early Friday. The aircraft was able to avoid all vehicles on the highway. Authorities said the pilot was the only person on board and suffered minor injuries. The fact that no motorists were injured and the pilot drove away becomes more incredible after learning that authorities believed the pilot was intoxicated. The initial investigation released by Highway Patrol Friday morning says the pilot radioed in during an emergency landing after running out of fuel. He was found intoxicated and arrested. Highway Patrol officials identified the driver as 35-year-old John T. Seesing. Authorities said they suspected poisoning from a combination of alcohol and drugs. The aircraft struck a guardrail during this emergency landing. No other damage was reported. Flight Aware shows that the pilot and plane in question left the Kansas City area early Thursday morning before landing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Flight path records show the plane then departed Florida late Thursday evening before making the emergency highway landing Friday morning. Authorities said they were happy the crash happened early in the morning when there were fewer cars on the highway. MSHP records show Seesing faces six possible counts: DWI, C and I involving an accident, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia. The Federal Aviation Administration 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 making an emergency landing on a busy highway in the Kansas City area early Friday morning – authorities believe the man was intoxicated.

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

The aircraft was able to avoid all vehicles on the highway.

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

The fact that no motorists were injured and the pilot drove away becomes more incredible after learning that authorities believed the pilot was intoxicated.

The initial investigation released by Highway Patrol Friday morning says the pilot radioed in during an emergency landing after running out of fuel. He was found intoxicated and arrested.

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

The aircraft struck a guardrail during this emergency landing. No other damage was reported.

Flight Aware shows that the pilot and plane in question left the Kansas City area early Thursday morning before landing in Daytona Beach, Florida. Flight path records show the plane then departed Florida late Thursday evening before making the emergency highway landing Friday morning.

Authorities said they were happy the crash happened early in the morning when there were fewer cars on the highway.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration 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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