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Jun 9, 2014 10:10 AM by Associated Press

Small plane lands near Madera County highway

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 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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