Airplane makes emergency landing on I-70 near Rifle |

Airplane makes emergency landing on I-70 near Rifle

Interstate 70 near Rifle served as a runway for an emergency landing Monday evening when a small plane ran out of fuel.

The plane managed to land on the eastbound lanes west of exit 94 and just north of the Rifle Garfield County Airport. Colorado State Patrol Troop 4C tweeted a photo of the plane on the interstate around 6 p.m.

Troop 4C Sgt. David Evridge said that the plane essentially ran out of fuel and the pilot had to make an emergency landing on the interstate. No one was injured and the plane did not hit a vehicle, he added.

The landing restricted traffic on I-70 to one lane for several hours. By 8 p.m. the plane was taxied up exit ramp 94 and off the interstate. Evridge said crews would tow the plane to the airport.
The plane, which Evridge said was privately operated, was described at the scene as a six-seat Cessna Centurion.

Trooper Nate Reid, a public information officer for Colorado State Patrol, said the investigation would likely be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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