Small plane lands on Anchorage street after running out of fuel, officials say

A plane on an instructional flight made an emergency landing on a street near downtown Anchorage on Monday night when it ran out of fuel, authorities said.

The Cessna 150 was returning to Merrill Field Airport when it made the emergency landing on East Fourth Avenue near Ingra Street around 8:45 p.m., according to Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office. Johnson said there was an instructor and a student pilot on board.

It was not clear if the flight lesson was being provided through a company or school, he said.

Neither of the two people onboard were injured and the plane was not damaged in the landing, Johnson said.

The plane pulled into a nearby parking lot after landing on the road, said Renee Oistad, a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department.

After refueling, the plane taxied to the airport with a police escort, Oistad said.

Police had no additional information as to the amount of traffic in the area during the landing, she said.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at twilliams@adn.com.