A pilot who was allegedly drunk has been arrested after landing a small aircraft on a highway as he apparently ran out of fuel.
John Seesing, 35, was flying a Piper Cherokee single-engine aircraft toward Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City when was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 70, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Seesing, who was traveling from Florida to Missouri, radioed in before touching down near Grain Valley and hitting a guardrail around 2.45am on Friday. He suffered minor injuries and was the only passenger on board, and did not hit any vehicles.
Highway patrol officials at the scene found Seesing to be ‘intoxicated’. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated or impaired, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless actions, the reported.
Seesing, of Prairie Village, Kansas, was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his minor injuries, said highway patrol spokesman Sgt Andy Bell.
Crystal Lipham said she was driving a tractor-trailer westbound on I-70 when she saw a light plane flying low. She said Seesing landed about two car lengths away from where she stopped her truck, and that the plane spun around and almost clipped a passing semi truck.
‘Right now, I’m in a state of shock. I’m like did that really happen or did I dream that,’ Lipham told KMBC.
‘All I can say is he one lucky SOB because if he had hit that plane just right and he didn’t hit when he did, he would’ve gone over the barrier and there was like a 20-foot drop.’
Seesing received a student pilot certificate in January 2020, according to the Federal Aviation Administration airmen registry. He was not allowed to transport passengers.
Highway crews spent about three hours towing the plane and cleaning up debris.
Seesing had prior traffic violations including excessive speeding and driving without a valid license in 2017, public records show.
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