Plane carrying 4 lands safely on S. Calif. freeway

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 9:31 AM

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a plane carrying four people that landed on a Southern California freeway ran out of gas.

The 1968 Piper landed safely at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Escondido.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt tells City News Service that traffic was light and no cars were hit. However, Bettencourt says a driver later clipped the left wing and his pickup received minor damage.

The single-engine plane was pushed onto the freeway shoulder, where it remains Monday morning until it can be removed. All lanes are open.

Bettencourt says the pilot, 48-year-old Ken Gheysar of Orange, was heading to Palomar Airport in Carlsbad when the plane ran out of fuel.

Escondido is about 30 miles north of San Diego.

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