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Two injured as small plane goes in bay off Albert Whitted Airport

A small vintage military plane that was part of Grand Prix ceremonies went into the bay off Albert Whitted Airport about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. It was the second such incident since Friday, when another plane trying to land crashed into a rock jetty. That pilot was not injured. 

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

A small vintage military plane that was part of Grand Prix ceremonies went into the bay off Albert Whitted Airport about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. It was the second such incident since Friday, when another plane trying to land crashed into a rock jetty. That pilot was not injured. 

ST. PETERSBURG — A plane that was part of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ceremonies went into the bay while attempting to land at Albert Whitted Airport on Sunday afternoon, injuring the pilot and passenger.

Rescuers were able to pull the two, whose names were not released, from the water. A city spokeswoman said their injuries were minor.

The plane, a Boeing T-28 Trojan, was part of the Grand Prix race opening ceremonies. The vintage Navy trainer aircraft performed a flyover before experiencing mechanical difficulties, and crashed about 12:30 p.m., the spokeswoman said.

Officials were also containing a small fuel spill from the crash.

The city referred questions about the accident to FAA investigators on the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration did not return messages.

It was the second such incident since Friday, when another plane trying to land crashed into a rock jetty. That plane was not involved in the Grand Prix festivities. Its pilot was not injured.

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