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Plane Makes an Emergency Landing in the Middle of Highway 65

Plane lands safely on grassy center divide on busy highway between Rocklin and Roseville's Sunset and Blue Oaks boulevards.

Drivers were no doubt in shock when they saw a small plane pull up alongside them on the center divide of Highway 65 this morning. 

Pilot John Mares made an emergency landing on the grassy median separating the busy highway at about 10:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Nico Bonfilio. 

"A gentlemen was flying the airplane when he experienced a complete mechanical failure," said Bonfilio, of the Newcastle CHP office. "The primary reason for the failure was a fuel pump."

No one was injured in the emergency landing, including the pilot, said Bonfilio. 

“Props to him for not hitting any cars when he was landing," Bonfilio said. "He was able to land it safely considering the circumstances. Incredible." 

At 3 p.m., CHP officials were still looking into just how to get the plane off the highway, considering towing it in pieces if it could not be repaired and flown off. Soon after, however, the plane successfully took off at about 4 p.m. landing at nearby Lincoln Airport.

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jennifer eggert November 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM
My teenage (student driver) was driving us home to Plumas Lake when we passed a plane parked in the median surrounded by emergency responder vehicles. I am proud to say that she drove right on by with no issues. Needless to say we both were pretty shocked to see it all.
Kristin Bodden November 16, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Yes I was driving south bound right before Blue Oaks turn off at 10:33am. I saw a plain nose diving and then correct itself. It landed on the freeway North bound not the grassy median. May have pulled off after landing but definitely landed ON 65. Was a sight to see for sure. Its wings just grassed over a car when landing. The pilot had a very "oh crap" look on his face. What an amazing pilot for landing so smooth with no power. I heard from a friend that her boyfriend heard the mayday call, but traffic control did not. He went to locate the plain to give them the location of the plain. Very cool!!

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