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Small plane lands on road in St. Andrews

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A single-pilot aircraft with engine trouble landed safely on Donald Road in St. Andrews at about 1:30 p.m. today.

Selkirk RCMP were on the scene, but said there were no injuries.

The pilot, a 50-year-old man who was the plane's only occupant, was able to land the Cessna 182 airplane without incident about just over a kilometre east of Highway 8.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified by e-mail of the incident.

"We're thankful whenever something like this ends up in a good outcome," said Peter Hildebrand, the regional manager of the Transportation Safety Board in Winnipeg.

"Sometimes a decision has to be made: Is the aircraft able to make it to the nearest airport or is it better to land on a road? If the road is empty of traffic, sometimes it is the best option rather than try to stretch it to an airport and then come up short. There is certainly an element of the pilot's judgement and decision-making in what is the best course in view of the circumstances. We're glad it worked out for the better in this time."

Hildebrand said his office will follow up on Thursday with the aircraft's owner and maintenance organization for details of the problem. No further investigation would be necessary since there was no collision or accident involved in the landing.

A representative at the nearby St. Andrews Airport declined comment.

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Updated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM CST: Updates with quote from transportation official.

8:34 PM: Adds photo.

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