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Small Plane Lands on Calif. Highway

November 28, 2000

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A pilot dodged a high school, homes and moving cars in an emergency landing on Highway 87 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 by radio, then landed on a northbound highway on-ramp. 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 1 1/2 miles to the airport.

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