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Velocity Elite RG, N78BM: Incident occurred January 14, 2020 at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

Aircraft aborted takeoff and went off end of runway with nose in the water. 

Barraza Marin & Associates LLC doing business as Barraza-Marin Group

Date: 14-JAN-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N78BM
Aircraft Make: VELOCITY
Aircraft Model: ELITE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- A small plane carrying three people went off the runway and ended up on near the water in St. Petersburg Tuesday.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to Albert Whitted Airport at 500 8th Avenue Southeast around 3 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency crews found a small personal plane that had crashed at the end of the runway.

All three people on board were not injured, firefighters say. It is unknown if the plane was taking off or landing.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Firefighters say they did not see any fuel spills or leaks on the plane after it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

"A Velocity Elite aircraft lost engine power and veered off the runway at Albert Whitted Airport in Saint Petersburg, Fl., today about 3 pm. The aircraft was towed back to the ramp. Three people were aboard. The FAA will investigate."

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