BREVARD — Authorities say the pilot of a small plane walked away unhurt after his aircraft crash-landed Thursday on a soccer field at Brevard Elementary School.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Cessna 182 lost power around 4:40 p.m. Thursday.
Brevard police say Richard Secord, 44, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., experienced an "engine blowout" when his plane was at nearly 10,000 feet. Authorities say Secord told an air traffic controller that he did not think he could make it to Transylvania County Regional Airport, and he landed his single-engine Cessna in Brevard.
Secord told police he tried to land on a private airfield across the street from the school, but saw a vehicle on the runway and children in the field. He was forced to land in the school's empty soccer field.
He was flying to Roanoke, Va., and had stopped to refuel at an airport in Georgia, said Deputy Chief Shawn Miller of the Brevard Police Department. Secord told police that about 45 minutes into his flight he heard a sound from the engine and "started losing oil pressure."
Miller said the pilot sustained minor scrapes to his face, No other injuries were reported, and Secord was alone in the plane.