Student pilot who ran out of gas and landed plane on Missouri highway is accused of DWI


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A student pilot who landed a small plane on a Missouri highway early Friday was arrested on charges including driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

The pilot of the single-engine Piper Cherokee landed the plane about 2:45 a.m. on Interstate 70 near Grain Valley, a city about 22 miles east of Kansas City, Mo.

The Missouri Highway Patrol tweeted that the plane ran out of fuel, hastening the freeway arrival, and hit a guardrail.

The pilot, identified in an arrest report as 35-year-old John T. Seesing, was hospitalized with a minor injury before being booked into jail, according to highway patrol.

The pilot was the only person on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Seesing also faces allegations of careless and imprudent driving involving a crash, felony drug and gun possession, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest report.

Seesing, of Prairie Village, Kansas, has since been released from jail, the report stated.

The plane is registered to Warrior Aviation of Prairie Village, according to FAA records, which also state Seesing has a student pilot certificate.

No one answered phone numbers listed for Seesing or connected to an address listed for Warrior Aviation.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware, the Piper flew from Kansas City to Florida and, on the way back, made multiple stops.

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