DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A single engine plane made a crash landing in parking lot just off the Dallas North Tollway late Monday evening. The pilot was not injured.
Officials said the landing happened just after 11 p.m. in a parking lot off the Dallas North Tollway near an Extended Stay Hotel.
The plane clipped trees on its way to the ground and sustained wing and wheel damage. There was also a small fire that the pilot, Bobby Hawley of Fort Worth, was able to put out. He was able to make it out with no injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was headed from Mississippi to Weatherford when he reported losing fuel.
The pilot tried to make it to Addison Municipal Airport but went down two miles short of that destination.
Hawley said he is thankful no one on the ground was injured.
“There’s shopping centers, office buildings, a lot of homes and dangerous wires and trees and light poles… so the fact that this pilot was able to make an emergency landing in the parking lot of a small restaurant that has all of those attributes going… it’s pretty amazing to me,” said Bob Steinfeld, who lives nearby.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.