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From: Joseph S. Barrera III (
Date: Tue Nov 28 2000 - 05:07:16 PST

Okay, okay, so it's not a commercial airliner...

Plane makes emergency landing on California highway
November 28, 2000
Web posted at: 6:33 AM EST (1133 GMT)

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- A pilot dodged a high school, homes and moving
cars in an emergency landing on a San Jose, California, during rush hour. No
one was injured and his plane was unscathed.

Computer salesman William Hart, 57, said he was alone on a regular business
trip Monday to San Jose in his six-seat Beechcraft Bonanza airplane when the
engine quit around 6 p.m. It had developed a fuel-release problem called
engine vapor lock.

Hart warned the airport of his distress by radio, then landed on a
northbound ramp on Highway 87. No cars were hit.

"It's just one of those wonderful things where everything just went right,"
said Capt. Mark Mooney, a spokesman for the San Jose Fire Department.

The California Highway Patrol shut down the highway after the landing to tow
the plane the mile and a half left to the airport.

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