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Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on California Interstate

August 16, 1994

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) _ A pilot with engine trouble snapped a power line and touched off a small brush fire when he landed his single-engine Cessna on Interstate 5.

″Traffic was not that heavy, and he was doing OK until he clipped the power lines,″ said Kern County Fire Engineer Christopher Hoover.

Britton Dodge, 28, of San Diego was not injured during Monday night’s emergency landing in a rural area outside Bakersfield.

Dodge was flying alone from Bakersfield to San Diego when the Cessna developed engine trouble while 7,500 feet up. The control tower in Bakersfield told him of a nearby airstrip, but it was unlighted, so Dodge told them he would try to land on I-5.

He apparently never saw the power line strung across the highway. The tail section of his plane snapped the wire, but the craft was not damaged until one wing struck a speed-limit sign on the ground.

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