All Survive 'Out of Gas' Plane Landing on Memphis Interstate

January 26, 2004 - Posted at 8:31 a.m. CDT

MEMPHIS, TN - A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says a single-engine plane landing on Interstate-40 in Memphis is "uncommon" and is something the agency takes seriously.

No one was hurt and damage was minimal when the Cessna 210 ran out of fuel and landed on the highway yesterday near noon.

Ira Nisby was driving his sport utility vehicle, carrying one passenger when he "heard a knock", then the plane bounced into the lane in front of him.

There was minor damage to the top of Nisby's vehicle, none apparent on the plane.

Memphis Police Major Harvey Sullivan said the plane was bound to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Albany, Georgia.  He said the pilot planned to refuel in Memphis.

The pilot was not identified.

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