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MSHP: Pilot allegedly intoxicated, arrested after plane lands on I-70 near Grain Valley

Plane lands on I-70 near Grain Valley
Posted at 3:18 AM, Jul 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-15 18:16:03-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a small plane landed on Interstate 70 by the 26-mile marker overnight near Grain Valley.

Officials were called to the area just after 2:30 a.m. Friday.

MSHP reports the plane ran out of fuel en route from Florida to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

"The pilot communicated via radio and made an emergency landing. There was a minor collision with a guardrail," MSHP said on social media.

Plane on I-70 near Grain Valley

Additionally, MSHP says the pilot was arrested under suspicion of intoxication.

He was the only person on board and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

MSHP says no vehicles were hit.

Identified as John Seesing, 35, of Prairie Village, the pilot faces charges of DWI, careless and imprudent operation involving a crash, felony possession of controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Piper Cherokee aircraft is owned by Warrior Aviation of Prairie Village, and MSHP confirmed the tail number is N2945Q.

FlightAware logs show the aircraft was in Kansas City at the downtown airport at 3 a.m. Thursday before traveling through Mississippi and Alabama to Florida. Seesing reportedly left Florida before 10 p.m. and passed over Tennessee before being seen around Warrensburg close to 2:15 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting in investigation of the incident.