SAN JOSE — Nine cars were damaged but no one was injured Tuesday when a single-engine airplane crash-landed in the parking lot of a shopping mall, authorities said.
Leland G. Turner, 44, of Red Bluff told police the engine of his Beechcraft Bonanza failed on approach to Reid-Hillview Airport and he was forced to set it down in the Eastridge Mall lot between a J. C. Penney's store and Macy's.
No one on the ground was in the path of the plane, and Turner emerged from the aircraft "looking concerned and shaken" but unhurt, according to paramedic Dave Bockholt.
The pilot said he was flying to San Jose on business when the trouble became evident about half a mile from the airport at about 10:25 a.m., Police Sgt. Dwight Messimer said.