Plane lands between two cars on highway near Hickory

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GRANITE FALLS, N.C. — A plane landed between two cars on U.S. 321, surprising two drivers near Granite Falls late Monday, WSOC is reporting.

The pilot, Eric Klein, told WSOC he ran out of fuel and the northbound lanes of the highway were his best option for a safe landing.

The small plane touched down between two moving cars on the highway near the Walmart just before 11 p.m.

No one was hurt.

Klein said he was flying home from a trip to West Virginia and planned to land at the Hickory Regional Airport when he realized he was out of fuel. He said he expected the plane to have about three hours of fuel in it, but he ran into problems after just two hours.

“I used the cars to kind of direct me in the direction of the highway — the lights from the cars,” Klein said. “And I was able to land on 321 successfully without striking anything or injuring anybody else.”

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate. An FAA representative said inspectors will interview the pilot, inspect the aircraft, examine maintenance records and look at any documents related to fueling the aircraft.

Source: WSOC