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June 30, 2008
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Plane crash-lands near Bay Bridge

OAKLAND " The pilot of a small airplane escaped with minor injuries after crash-landing near the onramp to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Cessna 172 also was carrying a radio traffic reporter when it touched down in a vacant lot just south of the Interstate 80 approach to the bridge shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. The aircraft came to a stop in a pile of sand.

Oakland Fire Capt. Melinda Drayton says the pilot told authorities that he saw his oil pressure gauge drop and the motor seizing just before he decided to make the emergency landing.

The 35-year-old pilot was treated at the hospital for a gash to the forehead. His 37-year-old passenger was not injured.

The plane is operated by Flying Vikings for Metro Traffic Networks, a company that provides traffic services for KCBS radio.

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