A 1971 Piper Cherokee 140 aircraft made an emergency landing on U.S. Highway 20 near Bend, Oregon, at around 7:15 p.m. on November 7.
The plane departed from Tracy, California and was heading to Prineville when it ran out of gas. The pilot then diverted it to Bend airport but landed on a straight stretch of highway instead, after realizing he could not make it to the airport.
There were 3 people aboard at the time of incident; none of them was injured. Sgt. Aaron Harding of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office identified them as the pilot William Espinoza, 30, his sister-in-law Rebekah Schantz-Kemper, 24 and an 11 year old girl.
The plane took off 3 hours later after refueling.