Plane lands on US 301 near Sarasota airport

Posted at 4:14 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 16:14:33-04

A small airplane made an emergency landing on U.S. Highway 301 about a mile north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), according to airport officials.

Deputies responded to the landing on 301 near Whitfield Avenue in Manatee County about a mile northeast of the airport.

The male pilot took off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), and had engine trouble.  He made an emergency landing on the way to the runway, according to a spokesperson for SRQ.

He was the only one aboard, and no injuries were reported.

Officials at the Sarasota Airport said the pilot was most likely experiencing fuel or mechanical problems.

"The weather is beautiful today it's pretty obvious that it is either a fuel or mechanical problem," said Sarasota-Bradenton airport CEO Rick Piccolo.

The plane is registered to Skycatcher LLC in Tampa.    The FAA is investigating the emergency landing.