Saturday, January 28, 2012

Clearwater, Florida: Plane crashes in field near elementary school

 My Fox -Tampa Bay
Witnesses told deputies the plane did not have its landing gear down when it crashed in a field near Highpoint Elementary School.

CLEARWATER - A small plane went down in a field near Highpoint Elementary School in Clearwater Saturday afternoon.

Fortunately nobody on in the aircraft or on the ground was injured.

Damage to the plane appeared to be minimal.

According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office report the single-engine plane landed in a field near the school just after 2pm. Deputies were dispatched to the area after several residents in the area called the 9-1-1 dispatch center.

Stephen Oynearson was walking nearby when the incident occurred and was startled.

“I was going down the sidewalk and the plane went right over my head,” he said. “I ducked down and when I looked up I saw no wheels on the bottom of the plane.”

Another witness said the plane went sideways for approximately 50 yards before it went down in the field.

PCSO deputies secured the scene until federal authorities arrived. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will collect data as they try to determine what happened.

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