Traffic halted as refueled Cessna again uses highway as a runway, this time to take off

By Curtis HeyenKenley HargettBubba KneippScott Pace and Doug Warner

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Two people were on board when a small plane ran out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing along an interstate in Shreveport.

KSLA News 12 was live on the scene when traffic was brought to a halt to allow the refueled Cessna 150H Commuter to make a U-turn then use Interstate 49 as a runway to take off about 6:04 p.m. then head to Shreveport’s Downtown Airport.

Earlier, the small plane could be seen in the grass in the area of Interstate 49 at North Market Street. It’s about a mile from Exit 211 in the area of Pine Hill Road.

Caddo 911 dispatch records indicate the emergency landing happened about 4:44 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

That’s when Shreveport firefighters responded to an “aircraft emergency alert 2” at northbound Interstate 49 at westbound Interstate 220.

A minute later, a couple Shreveport police units were dispatched to an “airport alert” at the same location.

And at 4:47 p.m., Caddo Fire District sent at least five units to an EMS event at I-49N at I-220W.

At least eight Caddo sheriff’s units answered a “suspicious circumstances” call at 4:46 p.m. on Airport Drive between Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway and Wells Island Road. That’s in the area of Shreveport’s Downtown Airport.

The flight-tracking service FlightAware indicates the flight originated at McKinney National Airport, a general aviation field in McKinney, Texas, which is about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas.