VENICE – A pilot walked away uninjured after his plane goes down in Venice.
The Cessna 152, single-engine aircraft crashed Friday around 10:45 a.m. in the 500 block of Base Avenue in Venice. The aircraft, owned by Florida Flight Training, is a total loss.
The only person onboard, a student pilot who once served as a jet pilot in the Russian Air Force, walked away uninjured. (No one else was injured, as well.) Oleg Anatollyevich Bachurin told police he was practicing touch-and-go exercises at Venice Municipal Airport when he lost power shortly after take off and tried to get the aircraft back to the airfield. Bachurin is taking flying lessons to get his commercial pilot's certifications.
Bachurin reportedly said the aircraft clipped an electric pole, hit a business building and dropped to the ground in a fenced storage area. Because the pilot speaks little English, police used a law-enforcement translating service to interview him.
Venice firefighters and police officers responded to the scene within moments after receiving the call. Firefighters stood by in case of fire, fuel spill and to prevent injuries from downed power lines, while police notified FAA, NTSB, secured the site and interviewed the pilot.
Florida Power and Light reported about 250 customers out of service due to the crash. They expect to have electricity restored to all customers by early evening today.
Avenida del Circo was closed until FPL could secure the electric wires damaged by the crash. The electricity outage necessitated police to direct traffic at Avenida del Circo and U.S. 41 Business where the traffic signal was not functioning.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is expected to investigate the accident.