Plane Uses Highway As Runway In Emergency Landing

Plane Uses Highway As Runway In Emergency Landing

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) -- A pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on an old state highway.

The pilot, 44-year-old Michael Ottamon of Prescott, Arizona, walked away from his damaged plane on Monday after he was forced to land on old State Route 6 near Spanish Fork River Park.

The Utah Highway Patrol says as the plane was landing, it clipped a power line, damaging the propeller and landing gear.

Authorities say Ottaman was en route to Bozeman, Montana, and had plans to refuel at the Heber Valley Airport.

While flying near Spanish Fork Canyon, he reported problems with his fuel pump shortly before his engine stopped working altogether.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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