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Pilot Crash-Lands On Busy Thoroughfare

September 13, 1986

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ When his plane’s engine quit, pilot Arnold Hogarth had to find a place to land in a hurry.

″I saw a gap in the cars and it was the only possible thing I could do,″ said Hogarth, who crash-landed the disabled aircraft on a San Diego street Friday.

On the way down, the Piper Lance apparently sheared a traffic light, causing some damage to the propeller and underside of the plane. But the aircraft missed people and cars on the ground, and Hogarth escaped unhurt.

Hogarth said his single-engine plane lost power shortly after takeoff from Montgomery Field. He said he circled the area before spotting a clearing in which to land.

The landing in the westbound lanes of Balboa Avenue snarled traffic in both directions.

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