Police respond to small aircraft landing on I-81

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) — Virginia State Police responded to an unusual event on Friday after a plane was forced to land on Interstate 81 in Washington County.

At 6:01 p.m. Friday, state police received a report that a small, fixed-wing aircraft made an emergency landing off the right, northbound side of I-81 near Exit 7 in Bristol. The plane made the emergency landing because it had run out of fuel before it could reach the Virginia Highlands Airport in Abingdon.

The pilot was not injured. No vehicles on the interstate were struck or damaged, according to a release from VSP.

The aircraft was refueled and the pilot had to wait for approval by the FAA to take off, police said, but then he took off from the interstate and continued along his route safely.