Pilot Makes Emergency Landing at San Jacinto Monument

Pilot lands safely; no injuries reported

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    The pilot of this Cessna 172 said he had just moments to get the plane on the ground after losing oil pressure Thursday.

    The pilot of a Cessna 172 made an emergency landing near the San Jacinto Monument Thursday afternoon.

    The plane came to rest along the long, straight Vista Road leading up to the 570-foot tall monument to the Lone Star Republic.

    The pilot told officials he had a sudden oil pressure problem and had just moments to get the plane on the ground.  He said he noticed the long, straight roadway leading to the monument and decided to land there.

    The pilot was surveying a pipeline when the engine problem occurred. There were no injuries reported.

    The monument is located inside the San Jacinto Battlefield, where Texas won its independence in 1836.  The battlefield is now the San Jacinto State Park and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.