By Matt Smith

A pilot managed to exit safely and avoid injury after his small plane crash landed.

The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. today in a small pond in a wooded area about a quarter of a mile off County Road 701 in Cleburne.

Initial radio reports indicated that the plane was in the water right side up with the pilot standing on the wing. No other passengers were in the plane.

Cleburne police and firefighters responded to the scene, as did troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Rescue workers initially experienced difficulty finding the site.

One rescue worker on scene commented that it’s fortunate that the plane landed the way it did and avoided nearby trees and power lines.

The pilot declined to give his name and said he did not wish to discuss the accident until he spoke with FAA representatives. The pilot, who said he was fine, said he used a flotation seat to get to shore because he feared there may be snakes in the water.

One officer on scene said the partially submerged plane will be floated up then pulled from the pond after which the wings will be removed and the plane transported.

Officers on scene said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.