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Engine Failure Blamed For Small-Plane Crash

February 10, 1988

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The pilot of a single-engine airplane that crash-landed in the parking lot of a shopping mall blamed the accident on engine failure, authorities said.

Nine cars were damaged but no one was injured in Tuesday morning’s crash at Eastridge Mall.

Leland G. Turner, 44, of Red Bluff, told police the engine of his Beechcraft Bonanza gave out on approach to Reid-Hillview Airport, across the street from the mall.

No one on the ground was in the path of the plane, and Turner emerged from the aircraft ″looking concerned and shaken″ but unhurt, said paramedic Dave Bockholt.

Since 1964, there have been 10 forced landings in the residential and shopping area around the small-plane airport, which a safety consultant hired by the county has recommended relocating.

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