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One injured, four walk away from plane crash during takeoff at Albert Whitted

ST. PETERSBURG — One person was injured when a small plane skidded off Albert Whitted Airport during takeoff Wednesday morning, authorities said.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and found a twin engine plane that came to rest between two runways with three men and two women aboard. It was not clear what caused the plane to skid off course.

A 33-year-old woman from Largo, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in stable condition, fire officials said. The other four were checked by paramedics but declined treatment.

The group was headed to Key West, said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the white, twine-engine plane is registered to 67-year-old Ross Stephen Looney, of Lincoln, Neb.

The aircraft was seen flat on its belly in the middle of the runway Wednesday afternoon, its propellers bent.

One injured, four walk away from plane crash during takeoff at Albert Whitted 08/03/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:42pm]
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