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Sunday 25 June 2017

Ex-Wal-Mart boss lands plane on Arkansas highway

The crash landing scene, posted by Fayetteville police on the force's Facebook page
The crash landing scene, posted by Fayetteville police on the force's Facebook page
Former Wal-Mart US CEO Bill Simon was forced to make an emergency landing on a Arkansas highway (AP)

A former Wal-Mart Stores chief executive has crash-landed a plane on a highway in front of an Arkansas high school after the aircraft's oil system failed.

Bill Simon, who led the company's US operations from 2010 to 2014, was flying from nearby Bentonville to Waco, Texas, where he teaches a business class each Tuesday at Baylor University.

Mr Simon and two other men aboard the plane were taken to hospital, as was a woman whose truck was hit by the plummeting aircraft. Fayetteville police said the injuries were minor.

Mr Simon, who unfurled the plane's parachute after the oil system failed, said he received a burn as an airbag deployed and was grateful that all survived.

"You react with the training you've had and do the best you can, and pray a lot," he said.

The plane fell in front of Fayetteville High School, next to the University of Arkansas.

The highway, Arkansas 16, is also known as Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and, at five lanes wide, is broad enough to accommodate a small plane if vehicle traffic is not present.

In addition to teaching a business class, Mr Simon is on Baylor's board of regents.

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