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Plane makes emergency landing on California highway

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:06 p.m. HST, Jul 4, 2011


WOODSIDE, Calif. >> 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.

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