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LANDING TROUBLE PUTS ONE-ENGINE PLANE IN DITCH

LAND O'LAKES

A small plane had trouble landing Tuesday afternoon and ended up in a ditch, but no one was injured, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported. The plane - a single-engine propeller, 1980 Piper Saratoga from Windermere - overshot the runway just before 4 p.m. as it was landing northbound at Pilot Country near State Road 52 and U.S. 41, authorities said. Two men were on board. Their names were not released. Authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will handle the investigation. The airport was closed Tuesday afternoon until the plane could be removed from the ditch north of the runway.

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