Plane Runs Out of Fuel, Lands at Virginia Wawa

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Photo credit: Virginia State Police

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Picture this: You’re fueling up for your Monday morning commute and a small plane makes an emergency landing in the gas station parking lot.

That was a real-life scenario for some people at a Wawa in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this morning.

At 5:43 a.m., a 1968 single-engine plane headed for an airport down the street from the station landed, instead, in the 3400 block of Shannon Park Drive after running out of fuel. No one was injured and only minor damage was done to the plane, according to Virginia State Police.

The craft was en-route from Tampa, Fla., to Charlottesville but was diverted due to weather.

The pilot, Jerome M. Orlando, 33, of Broadway, Va., was first directed to Stafford Regional Airport. Knowing the plane was short on fuel Orlando diverted to Shannon Airport, but he didn’t quite make it there.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified on the incident.

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