Pilot dodged signs, traffic to land on W. Pa. road

CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A pilot says he dodged a highway sign, power lines and vehicle traffic in order to safely land his small plane on a western Pennsylvania toll road after the craft developed propeller problems.

Brian Nicholson, of Charleroi, says he was flying his 1946 Universal Stinson aircraft at about 3,000 feet when it began shaking violently because of a propeller problem Tuesday morning.

Seeing the Monongahela River on one side of his plane and a field that was unsafe to land in on the other, Nicholson says his passenger and friend, John Armel, of Republic, pointed him toward the flat asphalt of the Mon-Fayette Expressway.

Nicholson says he dodged traffic to land safely in the southbound lanes.

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say nobody was hurt and no vehicles were affected. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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