ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A small plane made an emergency landing and crash-landed near a busy intersection Friday afternoon in northeast Orlando. Orange County Fire Rescue said no one was hurt when the plane landed near University Boulevard and Econlockhatchee Trail.
Photos and videos showed a red and white plane with its nose pointed to the ground away from the roadway and partially blocking the sidewalk. Video shared with FOX 35 shows the moment the plane crashed. Watch that video above.
A small plane made an emergency landing in front of a home in Orange County, northeast of Orlando, on Friday, Aug. 2022. Emergency officials said no one was hurt. Photos via SKYFOX.
According to the FAA, the single-engine Cessna is registered to Aerial Messages Leasing Co. The plane reportedly departed Orlando Executive Airport at 3:44 and was in flight for about five minutes before it crash-landed, according to FlightAware, which records flight data.
The FAA said the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft. The Florida Highway Patrol said the pilot, a 40-year-old man from Longwood, Florida, took the plane down for an onboard emergency. According to troopers, he said the plane had a mechanical failure. The pilot later told FOX 35 News he had gasoline in the plane at the time and said he is ok, though he appeared to have a large bandage on his forehead.
The cause of the emergency landing is under investigation and was not immediately known.