Plane makes emergency landing on Calif highway

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Posted: Jul 04, 2011 3:42 PM
Plane makes emergency landing on Calif highway

A major San Francisco Bay area highway turned into a runway when a small plane needed to make an emergency landing.

The San Mateo County Times reports that the pilot of a Cessna 210 reported losing power to his engine Sunday evening, and he maneuvered the plane onto the slow lane of Interstate 280 in Woodside.

No one was hurt, but a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the plane's left main gear tire did shatter the rear window of a Mercedes-Benz on its way down.

Fire officials say first responders arrived at the scene shortly after 7:15 p.m. to find the pilot pushing his disabled Cessna off the road. The California Highway Patrol reported no traffic backups.

The National Transportation Safety Board and CHP are investigating the incident.