Small plane crashes along Highway 41 in Madera County

The Fresno BeeJune 8, 2014 

A pilot made an emergency landing next to Highway 41 in Madera County.

COURTESY PHOTO — Madera County Sheriff's Office

A pilot flying a single-engine plane made an emergency landing along Highway 41 in Madera County late Sunday afternoon.

Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said the pilot was flying from Carlsbad to Reno. As he cruised over Madera County, he smelled fuel and knew there was a leak, Stuart explained. The pilot descended to a dirt path in an orchard, crashed through a fence and came to rest alongside the highway.

The pilot, who was not identified, was uninjured. Traffic was delayed for two hours while cleanup crew worked to put the badly damaged plane on a tow truck.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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