- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

MADERA, Calif. (AP) - The pilot of a small plane emerged unharmed from an emergency landing along a Madera County highway during the weekend.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart tells the Fresno Bee (https://bit.ly/1hJB4ZV ) that the incident happened late Sunday afternoon while the pilot was flying from Carlsbad, California, to Reno, Nevada.

Stuart says the pilot smelled fuel, knew there was a leak and descended onto a dirt path in an orchard.

The aircraft crashed through a fence and ended up alongside Highway 41.

Traffic was delayed for two hours as the scene was cleaned up and the plane was removed.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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