LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – It’s bad enough to run out of gas when you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle. Frustrated, you pull over and try to figure out what to do.
But can you imagine the sheer panic that might overtake the pilot of an aircraft as they’re soaring above ground and suddenly realize they’ve all but exhausted their fuel?
One pilot found themselves in this very situation while manning a small, single-engine plane across South Louisiana’s skies on a Sunday (December 18) afternoon.
Fortunately, it was a clear and beautiful day, meaning the pilot didn’t have to battle bad weather. The well-trained aviator was able to successfully land their aircraft along Livingston Parish’s Highway 1036.
The emergency landing went off without a hitch, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO).
Deputies said the pilot was the only occupant of the small craft and added that they were uninjured.
According to LPSO, the incident occurred around 1 p.m. and both LPSO and Livingston Parish Fire District 10 were on scene to offer assistance.
According to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), “The rate for precautionary landings is 0.06 percent.”
The association adds that if pilots recognize a developing engine problem and can make a precautionary landing, they and their passengers will likely survive.