TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – A small plane that ran out of fuel brought traffic to a halt after landing safely on Route 3.

Officials said no one was injured in the emergency landing around 2 p.m. Sunday on the northbound lanes of the highway in Tyngsborough, near the New Hampshire border.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said, “Apparently the pilot ran out of gas.”

The single-engine Cessna 172 landed on the highway and taxied onto the right shoulder of the road. The aircraft was operated by 51-year-old James Hilliard of Holliston. He was en route from Greenville, Maine to Hopedale. State police said he had earlier made a stop in Rochester, N.H., because of poor weather.

Baker said there was no damage to the aircraft, which was towed to an airport in Nashua, N.H.

Hilliard was not charged. The incident remains under investigation.


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