Plane crash lands on interstate; Missouri State Highway Patrol cite pilot DWI

Pilot radioed he ran out of gas before landing in the westbound lanes of I-70 near Blue Springs, Mo.
MoDOT Travelers App screenshot during crash-landing event.

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 2:45 a.m. Friday reports of an airplane landing on I-70 blocking traffic east of Blue Springs, Mo.

Initial report is a small plane landed on the highway for an unknown reason. The pilot was the only person onboard w/ minor injuries. NO vehicles were hit!” — MSHP TROOP A

As the investigation unfolded it was determined, “the plane had ran out of fuel. The pilot communicated via radio and made an emergency landing,” Troop A stated on Twitter.

There was a minor collision w/a guardrail that blocked the westbound lanes for about two hours.

“The pilot was found to be intoxicated & arrested. He was released to a local hospital for treatment of minor injury.”

The pilot, John Seesing, 35, of Prairie Village, Kan. was cited for:

  • DWI
  • Careless & Imprudent, involving a crash
  • Felony Possession of Firearm
  • Poss. of Marijuana
  • Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia
MSHP report

Screenshot of arrest report from Troop A.

The investigation continues by Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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