2008-12-25 / Local & State

Small Plane Lands On Pa. Turnpike Guardrail

NEWVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state police say the pilot of a small experimental plane suffered minor injuries after his plane struck a tractor-trailer and landed on a Pennsylvania Turnpike guard rail during an attempted emergency landing.

Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo says the single-engine plane went down about 1 p.m. Thursday about 30 miles west of Harrisburg.

DeFebo says authorities received initial reports that the pilot had taken off from Carlisle, encountered an engine problem and tried to return to the airport.

State Police say the plane struck the rear of the truck and then skidded along the guide rail of the eastbound lanes. The truck's driver, 46-year-old William Keith Price of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was not injured.

The 54-year-old pilot asked authorities not to release his name.

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