JAY — A small plane cashed on the sandy bank of the Escambia River at the end of Oil Plant Road in north Santa Rosa County about 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aloy described the aircraft as a Cessna 172. The pilot was the only person on board. The pilot survived but was airlifted from the crash site by the Coast Guard and taken to a local hospital.

The aircraft crashed about two miles from the Terrell Landing Boat Ramp and was accessible only by boat. Because the site was so remote, rescuers called the Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama, to pick up the pilot, Aloy said.

The Sheriff's Office learned of the crash through a third party. Aloy believed it was a Electronic Location Transmitter on the aircraft itself.

Aloy did not know the name of the pilot or his medical condition. It was no immediately known which hospital he was taken to.