No one hurt as small plane lands, flips in riverbed next to San Luis Obispo County highway


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SAN LUIS OBISPO, California — A small plane crash-landed and overturned in a riverbed next to a highway on California's central coast, but the two people inside walked away unharmed.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla says 76-year-old pilot John Charles Butler of Phoenix reported engine trouble Friday and said he was going to attempt to land on Highway 166.

Part of the highway was blocked off for the landing, but the plane instead came down in the riverbed and flipped upside-down.

Cipolla says Butler and his passenger, 67-year-old Pamela Butler Zirion of San Luis Obispo, were able to get out of the plane on their own and declined medical treatment.

The Sheriff's Department was examining the cause of the trouble and will turn over its results to federal investigators.

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