Plane crashes on Pa. Turnpike

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">The plane came down on the highway about 30 miles west of Harrisburg.</span></div>
December 18, 2008 5:33:15 PM PST
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, state police said. The fixed-wing, single-engine plane went down at about 1 p.m. Thursday near Newville, about 30 miles west of Harrisburg, turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said.

Authorities received initial reports that the pilot had taken off from Carlisle, encountered an engine problem and was trying to return to the airport, DeFebo said.

The plane struck the rear of the tractor-trailer and then skidded along the right guide rail of the turnpike's eastbound lanes, state police said. Truck driver William Keith Price, 46, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was not injured, police said.

The 54-year-old pilot asked authorities not to release his name, state police said.

The plane is registered to Michael Hannagan of Endicott, N.Y., a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Officials at Carlisle Regional Medical Center said a Michael Hannagan was in stable condition at the hospital Thursday afternoon.

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