Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said.

2 people aboard plane, 2 people in truck escape with minor injuries

Emergency personnel work at the site of a collision between a pickup truck and a small airplane which was making an emergency landing on Nevada Route 445, north of Reno, on Saturday.. Police said all four occupants of both vehicles escaped with minor injuries. (Associated Press/Hilary Swift/Reno Gazette-Journal)

A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said.

At least two people were aboard the plane and two people were in the truck when the collision occurred about 9 a.m. local time on a rural, two-lane section of Nevada Route 445 about 32 kilometres north of Reno, Nevada Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Honea said.

All four escaped with minor injuries, Honea said.

"Anytime you hear about a plane versus car, you're thinking the worst," Honea said. "I'm happy to report that nobody had to be transported to the hospital."

The truck was heading north on the 64-kilometre-long highway, which links the Reno area and a desert lake.

The plane, an experimental Thunder Mustang, was forced to land on the highway after losing power, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

The crash occurred shortly after the plane left Reno Stead Airport en route for South Dakota, with a fuel stop planned in Wyoming.

The single-engine plane was made by Frederick Roscher in 2011 and was registered to 51 Aero Leasing of Cupertino, California, according to FAA records.

Roscher also was identified as the pilot. The names of the other three people were not immediately released.

Honea said the plane caught fire and was destroyed, but he was unsure of the extent of damage to the truck. One of the people aboard the plane suffered cuts from glass, he added.

The crash is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

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