At 6:01 p.m. Friday (March 29), the Virginia State Police received a report that a small, fixed-wing aircraft made an emergency landing off the right, northbound side of Interstate 81 near Exit 7 in Washington County. The plane made the emergency landing because it had run out of fuel before it could reach the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.
The pilot was not injured. No vehicles on the interstate were struck or damaged.
The aircraft was towed to the airport in Abingdon where it is being refueled and the pilot is awaiting approval by the FAA to take off.