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Plane clips van in emergency freeway landing

No one injured; pilot charged with flying while intoxicated

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Pilot charged with flying while intoxicated after landing on interstate.
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(CNN) -- An Arizona man was charged with flying a plane while intoxicated Saturday after he was forced to land his plane on northbound Interstate 5 near Santa Clarita, clipping a van in the process.

Neither the pilot, 53-year-old Marc South, nor the occupants of the van were injured, California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Joy said.

South, of Eloy, Arizona, was en route to Sacramento.

He was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia for observation, before being booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

South told officers an engine quit on his single-engine plane about noon, and he began searching for a place to land. As he brought the plane down on the highway near the town of Castaic, he hit the van, causing him to lose control, Joy said.

A wing struck the ground, and the plane overturned onto the right-hand shoulder of the freeway.

Officers said South failed a sobriety test at the scene of the accident.

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