August 24, 2009

Plane lands on highway, no major injuries

Authorities in California said no serious injuries were reported when a small plane landed on a highway, colliding with two vehicles.

A Santa Barbara County Fire representative said the single-engine plane, which was carrying the pilot and one passenger, made an emergency landing Sunday morning on Highway 101 in Goleta en route to the Santa Barbara Airport, the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent reported Monday.

The plane was struck by two southbound vehicles and one automobile passenger was treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for minor injuries. No serious injuries were reported.

Witnesses reported hearing the plane's engine sputtering in the moments leading up to the landing just after 10:30 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is owned by Kris Michel of Eureka, Calif.