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Pilot departing from Austin makes emergency landing on I-20

(Reeves County Sheriff's Office)

Pilot Adam Skeeter made an emergency landing on Interstate 20 in Pecos, Texas, after departing from Austin.


Skeeter was traveling alone to El Paso for a business meeting on Wednesday afternoon when he said he began experiencing engine failure around 10,300 feet in his Mooney M20K. He was then advised by Pecos Air Traffic Control that Pecos Airport was nearest.

Skeeter said he declared an emergency landing on I-20 when the engine “blew up” and began spitting oil onto the windshield as he used the side windows to see. Air traffic was notified and Skeeter landed between a semi-truck and a pickup.

The Reeves County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of the plane landing shortly after but no injuries or damage to surrounding vehicles was reported.

The FAA will follow up with an investigation.

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