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Engine trouble forces pilot to land on street in Temple Terrace

Lefferts Mabie III was flying a Cessna T-120 from Pensacola to Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. There were no close calls with road traffic reported after he landed on a two-lane road.
Lefferts Mabie III was flying a Cessna T-120 from Pensacola to Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. There were no close calls with road traffic reported after he landed on a two-lane road.
Published Jun. 7, 2016

TEMPLE TERRACE — A stalled engine forced a private pilot to make an emergency landing on N 56th Street Sunday night, police said.

Lefferts Mabie III was piloting the single-engine Cessna T-210 from Pensacola International Airport to Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands, said Temple Terrace police spokesman Michael Dunn, when the plane started to experience electrical surges over the Gulf of Mexico.

Mabie, 54, of Tampa decided instead to try and land at Tampa Executive Airport, between U.S. 301 and Interstate 75, Dunn said. But Mabie had to change that plan, too.

"The engine just started sputtering and died," Mabie said.

He ended up landing in the southbound lanes of N 56th Street, just south of E Fletcher Avenue, at about 8:20 p.m., Dunn said. The plane rolled to a stop along the two-lane street near 127th Avenue and was towed to the parking lot of a nearby bowling alley until it could be hauled away.

No close calls with road traffic were reported.

The Cessna was manufactured in 1981 and the registered owner is Short Notice Inc., a Pensacola-based corporation owned by Mabie, according to Federal Aviation Administration and state records.

Mabie is an attorney with an office in Tampa, according to Florida Bar records. An assistant who answered the phone at his office Monday said he was unavailable.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate.

Contact Tony Marrero at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.