A small passenger plane was caught on camera after pilot “crash-lands” on a busy freeway in Russia. Apparently, the plane ran out of gas after the pilot forgot to fuel up before take-off, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
The small plane was lodged in between both lanes of the motorway with its wheels on either side of the barricade. The plane needed to be immediately grounded to avoid a severe crash, hence forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on the centre of the motorway.
The Polish made Wilga 35, had skis installed instead of wheels, the traditional form of landing gear shown in the following video.
The anonymous pilot “safely” landed the aircraft without any colliding with motorists on either side of the barrier on which he set the bird down. Fortunately, there were no passengers and the solo pilot was said to have escaped with no injuries.
Life News, Russian media stats reported that he had forgotten to fuel up before he came down on the Yaroslavskoe highway, 40 miles outside Moscow last week. Reports read: "The pilot forgot to fuel the plane before the flight.
"Immediately after the accident there were reports that the failure of the engine was the reason for the emergency landing. "But later during the technical checks of the plane was found out that the fuel tank was empty. There was just no fuel at all in there."
A formal investigation has been opened, and the pilot could be faced with lawsuits if he is found guilty to not having checked and fuelled before take-off.