Plane runs out of fuel, lands in Wawa parking lot

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Video: Fog, Fuel force plane's emergency landing

  • emergency plane landing at Spotsylvania County Wawa (courtesy: Virginia State Police)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A plane landed in the parking lot of a Wawa store near Shannon Airport on Monday morning, confirms the manager of the airport, Robert Stanley.

According to Stanley, the plane was low on fuel and the pilot tried to land at the nearest two airports. Stanley says the pilot tried airports in Charlottesville and Louisa, but fog -- with 1/4 mile visibility -- kept him from landing there.

Virginia State police say the 1968 single-engine, fixed-wing Piper was headed from Tampa, Fla. to Charlottesville but was diverted due to weather. State police say the pilot, 33-year-old Jerome M. Orlando of Broadway, Va. was first directed to Stafford Regional Airport. Due to the fuel level he was then diverted to Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania County, but Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing in the parking lot in the 3400 block of Shannon Park Drive, say police.

The plane then landed in the parking lot of the Wawa, its nose wheel folding back when it hit a curb shortly before 6 a.m., says Stanley. Virginia State Police say a mailbox and a parking sign were the only property damaged on the ground.

Stanley says the pilot was not injured. No other injuries were reported, says Stanley.

There is no estimated time for removing the plane.

The FAA has been notified about the incident and state police are investigating, according to Stanley.

It is still unclear if any charges will be filed.


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