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By JOHN WORTHEN News-Times Staff A four-lane stretch of U.S. 82 just south of El Dorado be came a makeshift runway be fore noon Wednesday after a Cesna 150 made an emergency landing there.
Dan Halley, of Avery, Tex as, had just taken off from El Dorado’s Downtown Airport when the plane’s engine began to sputter. He carefully guided the small aircraft under a set of powerlines, and then the Jackson Avenue overpass, be fore touching down safely on the eastbound lanes of the U.S. 82 by-pass.
The path was clear of cars at the time, and no one was in jured.
Halley said water-laced fuel caused the plane’s engine to stall, and he didn’t have enough power to make it back to the airport. The veteran pilot, who has been fl ying for 40 years, appeared calm on the ground as he checked his plane for damage and measured fuel levels.
After clearing the tank of water, Halley was able to make a successful takeoff and was on his way. The Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce assisted Halley by blocking all four lanes of U.S. 82 for approximately 10 minutes so the Cesna could take off.
Union County Sheriff Ken Jones, who was on the scene, said he was grateful that a serious crash was averted because of Halley’s quick thinking.
"We are just very fortunate that it turned out as good as it did. No one was hurt," Jones said. "It was a very dangerous maneuver he had to make." Halley is a frequent visitor to Union County, working as a pipeline patroller for the Texas Eastern Pipeline Co


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