Sean Tucker Lands On Highway "Out Of Gas"
Sean D. Tucker, one of the world's premiere aerobatic pilots and the owner of an advanced flight school he calls the Tutima Academy of Flight Safety, made an off-airport landing on one of California's busiest highways Sunday and according to the California Highway Patrol it was because he ran out of gas. KSBW-TV is reporting that Tucker put an unidentified biplane down on Highway 101 near his home base of King City about 7:22 p.m. The station quotes the CHP as saying Tucker called a mayday, landed safely and then told them he'd run out of fuel.
The police told the TV station that after Tucker put fuel in the aircraft, they shut down a stretch of highway so he could take off. Tucker did not immediately respond to AVweb's e-mail and telephone requests for comment, so it's not known whether there was a fault with the aircraft or it was a simple case of fuel exhaustion. We'll be updating the story as more details emerge.