Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: PANAMA CITY BEACH
AIRCRAFT LOST POWER AND CRASHED INTO THE TREES. PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA.
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two men escaped injury after the plane they were in crashed north of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Thursday afternoon.
It happened just after 6 p.m.
Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office tell us two pilots were in a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow doing flight training after when the plane developed engine trouble.
Investigators say the lead pilot knew they weren’t going to make it to Beaches International Airport, so he looked for “the smallest trees” and decided to put the plane down there.
They wound up off Tram Road south of Highway 20 about two to three miles north of runway 16 at Beaches International Airport.
Both men escaped the crash with only minor injuries.
The plane, registered out of North Port, Florida, is a four seat single-engine fixed wing aircraft manufactured in 1969.
The flight originated in Enterprise, Alabama.
No names of anyone involved have been released. The FAA is leading the investigation into the crash.
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