Pilot charged $3,000 for emergency landing on highway

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Pilot charged $3,000 for emergency landing on highway

Pilot charged $3,000 for emergency landing on highway

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PITTSBURGH — A pilot who made an emergency landing on a rural part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday is not happy about the $3,000 bill he received for towing his small plane from the highway.

Brian Nicholson says he and his co-pilot made a quick decision when the propeller fell off their plane.

Nicholson says they landed the plane safely on the highway about 36 miles south of Pittsburgh.

He says there was no damage to the plane, no damage to the highway or signs and he even pulled the plane off to the side.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike told Reuters that they treated the incident like any other accident, saying that anyone assisted by turnpike personnel pays a fee.

Nicholson says such a fee might cause other pilots to seek more dangerous emergency landing options.

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