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Plane hits water at Albert Whitted Airport; pilot is uninjured

ST. PETERSBURG — A single-engine plane trying to land at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday instead ended up in the bay, according to city officials.

The incident happened at 3:53 p.m. The plane, a 1978 Mooney M20J, touched down briefly on the runway, but then veered to the left, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

It passed a grassy bank and crashed into a rock jetty, its nose and left wing becoming partly submerged, officials said.

The pilot was not injured and was picked up by a St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue boat, which was in the area for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The pilot, who was not identified, refused medical treatment.

No one else was aboard the plane, which is registered to Courtney Jones Aviation of Fort Myers.

The plane was not a part of the Grand Prix activities, city officials said. Still, race officials suspended the Red Bull Air Show for the remainder of Friday while the incident was investigated.

Today's air show will go on as scheduled.

Plane hits water at Albert Whitted Airport; pilot is uninjured 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:53pm]
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