Pilot of small plane lands on Calif. highway

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Updated: 1/17/2013 6:16 pm

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 67-year-old pilot is OK after making an emergency landing on a Northern California highway.

The Enterprise-Record of Chico reports that John Schneider was en route from Susanville to Oroville on Thursday morning when his small plane began experiencing engine trouble about halfway through the trip.

Schneider told the newspaper the nearest airport was fogged in. He began to climb, but the engine soon died out completely.

Schneider said he continued in the direction of Oroville, bringing the plane down on Highway 70 around 8:30 a.m. after seeing it was clear. The plane has since been cleared from the roadway.

He said he would have landed in an adjacent field if there had been any traffic on the highway.

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Information from: Chico Enterprise-Record, http://www.chicoer.com

 

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