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    USA - Plane strikes 3 vehicles on California highway

    Plane lands on California highway, no major injuries


    (CNN) -- A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on a California highway Sunday morning, though no major injuries were reported, authorities said.

    The Piper Comache 260 carrying a married couple landed on the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 just outside Santa Barbara and a few miles from the airport, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer James Richards.

    The plane's engine quit, and as the pilot descended, he lost control of the plane and landed in the southbound lane facing oncoming traffic.

    The plane struck two vehicles while landing, then spun and hit another one with its tail, Richards said.

    One vehicle passenger was treated for minor injuries, he said. No other injuries were reported.

    The landing happened at 10:36 a.m. (1:36 p.m. ET) and held up traffic for less than two hours, Richards said.


    He added that the plane had departed Temecula in southern Los Angeles, California, and was destined for the airport in Santa Barbara, a flight of about 180 miles.

    The pilot told authorities that he attempted to switch fuel lines during the flight, but was unable to restore power to the plane. He said he alerted a tower at the airport that a landing on the highway was imminent, Richardson said.


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    I guess you need a little luck sometimes and this was their lucky day

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    God damn, a 260 Piper, thats quite an expensive plane to be in a demo derby on 101 in that beautiful place.
    Got a Tony Roma Rib Place there with some damn fine eating too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Got a Tony Roma Rib Place there with some damn fine eating too.
    I'm sure that's the first thing they thought of after the plane came to a rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    Got a Tony Roma Rib Place there with some damn fine eating too.
    Tony Roma on Sukhumvit as well. Would have been a major disaster had the plane landed there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Tony Roma on Sukhumvit as well. Would have been a major disaster had the plane landed there.
    Yes sir, that would have been a right fuck up to tangle a piper with a few Tuk Tuks.

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    Dumbass landed against traffic... Didn't he know he's supposed to signal and merge with traffic...

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