FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- A plane landed in the parking lot of a
Wawa convenience store near Shannon Airport on Monday morning, confirms the manager
of the airport, Robert Stanley.
According to Stanley, the plane was low on fuel and the pilot tried
to land at the nearest two airports. Stanley says the pilot tried
airports in Charlottesville and Louisa, but fog -- with 1/4 mile
visibility -- kept him from landing there.
Virginia State police say the 1968 single-engine, fixed-wing Piper
was headed from Tampa, Florida to Charlottesville but was diverted due to
State police say the pilot, 33-year-old Jerome M. Orlando of
Broadway, Va. was first directed to Stafford Regional Airport. Due to
the fuel level he was then diverted to Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania
County, but Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing in the
parking lot in the 3400 block of Shannon Park Drive, say police.
The plane then landed in the parking lot of the Wawa. Its nose wheel
folded back when it hit a curb shortly before 6 a.m., says Stanley.
Virginia State Police say a mailbox and a parking sign were the only
property damaged on the ground.
Stanley says the pilot was not injured. No other injuries were reported, says Stanley.
The FAA has been notified about the incident and state police are investigating, according to Stanley.
It is still unclear if any charges will be filed.