Plane on Car: I-280 Serves as Runway on Sunday

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Jul 4, 2011  |  Updated 12:40 PM PDT
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Plane on Car: I-280 Serves as Runway on Sunday

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Highways are for cars, not for planes. Though the space was shared without major incident on Sunday evening.


A light Cessna 210 from San Carlos airport was conducting "a photo mission" on Sunday evening when it lost power, according to the San Francisco Examiner. The craft then made an emergency landing on the nearest strip of available asphalt -- in this case Interstate Highway 280, just north of Farm Hill Boulevard, according to the newspaper.


The plane touched down on the freeway at around 7:15 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. No one was hurt in the impromptu touch-down, though one vehicle did receive a brush with the airplane: the tire of the plane's left-hand landing gear shattered the rear window of a Mercedes-Benz, according to reports. The driver was not injured.


When authorities arrived, the pilot of the plane was busy pushing his craft to the right-hand shoulder of the freeway. No traffic backups were reported.


The pilot's identity was not immediately available.

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