Experimental aircraft developed fuel leak after flipping over in Oxford pasture

The small plane that crashed-landed just outside The Villages on Thursday afternoon was an experimental aircraft that had experienced an engine problem and was leaking fuel when rescue crews arrived.

This experimental plane crash-landed in a pasture in Oxford on Thursday afternoon after experiencing an engine problem. Photos by Sheldon Levi

The plane flipped over after it was forced to make a controlled/emergency landing shortly after 4:30 p.m. in a pasture on a private farm in Oxford, just off County Road 204 and U.S. 301. The pilot, described as a man in his thirties, was the only person onboard and wasn’t injured.

The plane was carrying less than 10 gallons of fuel and the leak was quickly controlled by crews from The Villages Public Safety Department and Sumter County Fire Rescue. They shut off the airplane’s fuel lines and secured the ignition switch in the off position, removed the key and disconnected the battery.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies and an ambulance from American Medical Response also responded to the incident.