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Small plane makes emergency landing on Georgia highway after engine quits

A small airplane made an emergency landing on a highway in Carroll County on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The plane landed on Ga. 27 just south of Hog Liver Road between Carrollton and Bremen, according to Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Brad Robinson.

The pilot, Steve Allsop, told Channel 2 Action News that the fuel gauge on his Beechcraft Bonanza was giving him the wrong information. Suddenly, the engine quit.

He said he glided for several miles before realizing he wouldn’t make it to an airport. He had to land on the highway.

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“I gauged the traffic, put it right underneath the overhead power line,” Allsop told the news station.

He said there was a bit of “divine intervention” involved as well.

The plane moved off to the side of the road and no one was injured. There was no major damage to the plane or roadway.

According to Tim Padgett with the Carroll County Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

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