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Plane makes emergency landing on roof of building

Technically Incorrect: In Pomona, California, the pilot of a small plane avoids a freeway and bails out on top of an office park building.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The plane on the roof.

Fox 5 screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We're used to small planes occasionally having engine trouble and landing on highways.

At least in California.

I'm not sure how often, though, a pilot manages to land a troubled plane on a roof.

On Sunday afternoon, the pilot of a plane had to make an emergency landing in Pomona, California. His Piper PA-28 plane had engine trouble,
according to Fox 5.

Nearby, there's a very busy freeway.

It seems, therefore, that the pilot took avoiding action and espied the roof of a building in an office park.

The 61-year-old pilot was taken to hospital, but is reportedly expected to survive his injuries.

Witnesses told NBC 4 that the plane, on its way to Brackett Airfield, came in very low. Indeed, images of the plane tweeted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department show that it punctured the roof of the building with its nose, but otherwise remained fairly intact.

The Fire Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. However, on Twitter the department said that the pilot was the lone passenger on the plane.

NBC 4 reports that if the pilot had missed by around 50 feet, the consequences could have been much worse. He may have shown some skill in landing it on the roof and keeping it there.

The building is leased by the California Department of Corrections.

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