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Pilot billed $3,000 for landing on Pa. toll road

Brian Nicholson, of Upper Speers, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1b3iV4G) he believes much of the bill is unnecessary because he had a mechanic prepared to replace the plane's damaged propeller so he could fly away.

The Associated Press

11/18/2013

CENTERVILLE, Pa. — A pilot who made an emergency landing on a western Pennsylvania toll road has been billed nearly $3,000 by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, over and above $1,000 he initially paid for the plane to be towed from the scene.

Brian Nicholson, of Upper Speers, tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1b3iV4G) he believes much of the bill is unnecessary because he had a mechanic prepared to replace the plane's damaged propeller so he could fly away.

But he says turnpike officials wouldn't let him do that, and are now billing him to pay crews who removed the plane from the Mon-Fayette Expressway after the Aug. 5 landing.

The turnpike commission says its standard procedure to seek reimbursement in such situations.

But Nicholson says the emergency landing was a life-or-death decision for which he shouldn't be charged.

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