Plane that landed on I-95 in April ran out of fuel, FAA says

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.
A Maine Warden Service plane takes off from the Maine Turnpike in Litchfield on Friday, April 26, 2013.
A Maine Warden Service plane takes off from the Maine Turnpike in Litchfield on Friday, April 26, 2013.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Warden Service plane that made an emergency landing on the Maine Turnpike in April ran out of fuel according to the FAA, confirming initial reports.

The landing happened the morning of April 26, when pilot Dan Dufault made an emergency landing on the turnpike in Litchfield. No one was injured, and after two hours the single-propellor Cessna was refueled and took off, using the interstate as a runway.

In July, Dufault resigned from the warden service.

The Maine Turnpike Authority said in April that the plane was believed to have run out of fuel. The FAA report, released to the Kennebec Journal in response to a public records request, confirms that and said there were no mechanical issues with the plane.

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