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Another plane goes into water at St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport

ST. PETERSBURG — A small plane under the control of a flight student went into the water Wednesday evening near Albert Whitted Airport, authorities said.

The student, an unidentified 19-year-old man, did not sustain any injuries in the incident, which happened just before 7 p.m.

The man told officials he was practicing take-offs and landings in a Cessna Skyhawk when he went into the water shortly after landing on the runway, said Lt. Joel Granata, spokesman for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue.

"He was able to get out of the plane on his own," Granata said.

Paramedics met the man at the seawall and checked the man out, who did not require a trip to the hospital.

The man told authorities it was only his second solo flight, Granata said.

By 7:10 p.m. just the tail and the left wing poked out of the water.

Another plane goes into water at St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport 04/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:12pm]
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