Small plane makes forced landing on Amarillo highway

by Larry Lemmons
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - A small two-seater plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a north Amarillo highway Tuesday just before 5pm.

The pilot, Don Walsh, from Lake Havasu, Arizona, says a switch between his fuel tanks jammed, causing him essentially to run out of gas.  Walsh's Skybolt S-8 sputtered and he found what appeared to be an empty highway, Broadway Road just north of Loop 335.

Walsh said only one car was heading North on the road but the driver apparently recognized that Walsh needed to land and made room for him.

Neither Walsh nor his traveling companion were injured.

DPS arrived on the scene and gave the pilot permission to take off again after repairing the fuel switch.  Walsh flew the plane to Tradewind Airport about 5:50pm.

Walsh had been traveling from Tulsa to Tucumcari.  His ultimate destination is Palm Springs, California.