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Fuel system clog may have caused freeway landing

The pilot who landed on the Golden Center Freeway last Friday thinks an obstruction in his fuel delivery system may have caused him to lose power, forcing his quick descent.

“At first I thought it might have been contaminated fuel,” said Rick Harmon, 45, of Nevada City.

After paying Fischer Towing $150 to return his Cessna 150 to the Nevada County Airport, Harmon had a mechanic start the plane up.

“It ran a few minutes and then it went down to idle speed, which won’t keep you flying,” Harmon said. The mechanic will now break the entire fuel system to see if an obstruction is causing the problem.

In any event, Harmon said he won’t fly his plane again until he’s sure the problem has been located and fixed.

For the full story, see Wednesday’s edition of The Union.

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