Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Tampa, Florida
Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and struck a fence.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAINT PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG — A student pilot escaped injury Wednesday morning when his small plane crashed while attempting a landing at Albert Whitted Airport, according to St. Petersburg police.
The male pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, according to police, when he crashed in front of the airport tower while attempting a landing around 11:20 a.m.
The pilot was alone on the plane and was not injured, fire officials said. "Pilot error" led to the crash, according to St. Petersburg police, but the agency declined to identify the pilot.
The Cessna 172S Skyhawk ran off the side of Runway 7 and struck a fence after landing, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
She said the FAA is investigating the crash to determine whether any regulations were violated, although that process could take months. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine what led to the crash, Bergen said.
Fire officials said the crash damaged the plane's landing gear and caused a minor fuel leak.
Airport manager Richard Lesniak said the student pilot was taking lessons with St. Pete Air. Company officials declined to return calls for comment.
The fixed wing single-engine plane, which was manufactured in 2005, is registered to VL Aviation LLC in Snell Isle.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A small plane crashed in front of the airport tower at Albert Whitted Airport Wednesday morning.
The airport is located at 107 8th Avenue SE in St. Petersburg.
When the fire department arrived on scene they found a Cessna 172S Skyhawk that had crashed in front of the tower, primarily damaging the landing gear. Police say the pilot was a student that was practicing takeoffs and landings and while attempting to land, the plane crashed near the tower.
The male pilot was the only occupant on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.
Fire officials handled a minor fuel leak. The FAA was notified of the crash and will complete the investigation.
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