The Associated Press
KALAMA, Wash. —
A small airplane with fuel tank problems made an emergency landing on Interstate 5 near Kalama in southwest Washington Saturday.
The Oregonian reports nobody was injured in the incident. Pilot Jeffery Edward Paulson of Portland landed the small plane on the shoulder of I-5 around 10:30 a.m. One of the wings extended onto the right lane, but traffic was light when the plane landed.
The 57-year-old pilot was flying a Stinson Model O aircraft, a replica of a 1933-vintage aircraft. He reported problems switching between fuel tanks before making the landing.
Once on the ground, Paulson manually switched the fuel tank, and State Patrol troopers rerouted traffic for Paulson to use the highway to take off again.
This is the feel-good video of the day for anyone who likes airplanes. Click the tab above for the full video.
March 27, 2010 — This is the first flight of our Stinson Model-O replica project. The flight took place on March 24th, 2010. The project was built by Evergreen Aviation Services in Scappoose OR. The airplane was built off a few photographs of an original taken during original manufacture. There are no plans or original airplanes in existence today.
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