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Small-plane pilot lands on Highway 20

A pilot of a single-engine plane had to make on emergency landing on Highway 20 Sunday afternoon, but was uninjured, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Submitted by Anna Woodhall |

A pilot of a single-engine plane had to make on emergency landing on Highway 20 Sunday afternoon, but was uninjured, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Robert Irwin, 90, was flying his plane from Willows to his Cameron Park residence when the plane’s navigation system malfunctioned, the CHP report said. Irwin reportedly became disoriented and his plane began running out of furl.

Irwin safely landed his plane on Highway 20 just west of Cattle Drive in Penn Valley at about 2 p.m., at a time when the highway was clear, and he was able to taxi off the roadway and onto the wide grass shoulder.



The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident and arrangements were made to have the plane transported back to Cameron Park.


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