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Pilot Neglects To Check Plane's Gas Tank

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Pilot Neglects To Check Plane's Gas Tank

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Pilot Neglects To Check Plane's Gas Tank

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James Hollis was in the sky over Darby, Montana, when his engine died. The retired air traffic controller skillfully piloted his aircraft downward. He touched down on a highway. His heroic landing was made necessary by a basic oversight: He forgot to put gas in the plane.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Before you laugh at James Hollis, give him credit for keeping his cool. The retired air traffic controller is also a pilot. He flies a single-engine Cessna. And he was in the sky over Darby, Montana, when his engine died. Mr. Hollis skillfully piloted his aircraft downward. He touched down on U.S. highway 93. His heroic landing was made necessary by a basic oversight. Mr. Hollis forgot to fill the gas tanks before takeoff.

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