Engine pressure issues force emergency plane landing near Nocatee

Pilot not hurt; no damage to plane

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NOCATEE, Fla. - The pilot of a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on a dirt road in the Nocatee neighborhood just before 11 a.m. Sunday, according to Lt. Robert Snell of St. Johns County Fire and Rescue.

Fire and Rescue said they received a call from the St. Augustine Airport tower at 10:50a.m. declaring an Alert 3 (emergency/accident) after the pilot reported he was attempting to land approximately 10 miles north of the airport.

At 11:10, officials found the plane on a dirt road which circles a large retention pond just west the Nocatee Town Center.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue said the pilot was uninjured, no homes were threatened, and the plane, a single-engine Cessna, had no damage.

The pilot told investigators he is an aircraft mechanic and was taking the plane for test flight after completing work on planes engine.

On the way back to the St. Augustine Airport he told investigators the engine lost oil pressure and he had to land.

Investigators said the pilot was flying alone.

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