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BEND, OR -- It's not unusual to see a vehicle run out of gas on the highway.  But, it is unusual for that vehicle to be an airplane.  Just after 7 Friday evening, a small aircraft was headed from Tracy, California to Prineville when it apparently ran out of fuel and was forced to land on Highway 20, east of Bend.  Kevin Dizney with Bend Police says the road was wide enough for a safe landing, although it might've been nerve-wracking for those on board. "I'm sure that this was a very uncomfortable landing for everyone involved. If the plane is losing power and the highway was probably dark, I'm sure that was a very scary circumstance."  He said, "I'm not familiar with there being any vehicles in the area, but that certainly could've been a secondary complication with trying to land on the highway."


The FAA and NTSB are investigating the incident.  No one was hurt and there was no damage to the plane.  The pilot was able to refuel and take off again.  His passengers elected to finish their journey to Prineville by car. 




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