Sunday, August 20, 2017

Piper PA-28R-200, N9431N: Incident occurred August 20, 2017 near Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft force landed in a marsh area short of the airport.

Date: 20-AUG-17
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N9431N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

It took time, patience and some specialized equipment as SJCFR crews trained in Marine Rescue helped two people involved in a plane crash this morning in St. Augustine out of a muddy marsh and to safety. 

The plane, a single-engine Piper Aircraft, crashed approximately 200 yards off Northeast Florida Regional Airport's Runway 31 at about 11:15 a.m.

Due to the outgoing tide, rescuers had trouble reaching the plane by boat. 

So crews donned specially designed boots to traverse the deep mud and reach the plane. 

They then assisted the plane's occupants, who were uninjured, to solid ground. 

No one was injured.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the local authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board.

First Responders from SJSO, SJFR and FHP are on-scene of a small general aviation aircraft which went down in the marsh near The St. Augustine Airport. 

The pilot reported a mechanical issue shortly before putting the aircraft down.

Currently there are no reported injuries.

Fire Rescue personnel are retrieving the occupants of the plane and bringing them to shore. 

FHP is investigating the incident.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A single-engine airplane crash-landed Sunday in the marsh near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport after experiencing an engine failure during practice maneuvers, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.  

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department said the small, Piper aircraft crashed near the end of runway 31. 

Officials said the two people who were on board were able to safely exit the airplane. Neither person was injured in the crash. 

Both people were escorted safely through the marsh by fire rescue personnel. Due to the muddy conditions, and the outgoing tide, rescue crews were forced to take them back to the dry land on an airboat supplied by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Officials have not released the identity of the pilot or the passenger. 

Fire rescue officials said the Florida Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation.

There was no word if the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

Two people escaped injury when their small private airplane went down in shallow water Sunday morning in marsh at the end of the runway at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.

The pilot and passenger were able to get out by themselves, and were walking around after the four-seat fixed wing aircraft landed in the marsh about 11:45 a.m. Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Union.

“The pilot reported some sort of a mechanical issue, put it down in the marsh. There were no injuries and we’re recovering them from the plane,” Mulligan said of the general aviation aircraft. There was no fire, he said.

The plane’s engine failed during practice maneuvers, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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