Instructor Starves Cherokee?
We're not sure who learned more from a mishap on a busy freeway near San Jose, Calif., last week. An unidentified flight instructor and his student landed their Piper Cherokee on busy I-680, near Fremont, after they reportedly "ran out of fuel" on a sightseeing trip, according to the Bay area's Daily Review. "It was a perfect landing" said witness Gary Page, who was among the motorists who got out of the airplane's way as it glided onto the road. Neither occupants nor aircraft suffered any harm (physically, anyway) and the Cherokee was trucked away a few hours later. Reporters described the pilots as behaving sheepishly. Neither would comment. What could be more embarrassing for the pilots, however, is that there may still have been fuel on board. According to the Daily Review newspaper, there was an unconfirmed report that the instructor told a California Highway Patrol officer that he'd forgotten to switch the airplane's tank. It's the fifth time in 10 years that the highway has been used for an emergency landing.