Saturday, November 13, 2021

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N5862W: Accident occurred November 12, 2021 in St. Petersburg, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA066
Date and Time: November 12, 2021, 18:31 Local
Registration: N5862W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5862W
Model/Series: PA28 180 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSPG,6 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St Petersburg, FL (SPG)
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 27.76618,-82.50449 

TAMPA, Florida — A pilot was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Friday night after a small plane went down into Tampa Bay.

At around 6:30 p.m., Pinellas Fire and Rescue alerted the U.S. Coast Guard at St. Petersburg about the emergency crash. 

The Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee landed in the water about three miles south of MacDill Air Force Base, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson. The Coast Guard diverted a boat crew that was undergoing training to rescue the pilot, the Coast Guard said in a news release. 

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater was launched and a small boat rescue crew responded to the scene.

"The pilot was able to use the light on his cellphone to signal to us where he was, which made finding him quicker," Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Hava of the boat crew coxswain, said in the release. "A lot of others arrived on-scene about the same time as us."

The pilot was transferred to EMS without any injuries reported.

Officials say the plane is submerged and the owner is working with a salvaging company to recover the plane.

At this time, a hazard notice is being broadcasted to other boaters in the area on VHF radio channel 16 to watch out for the submerged plane.

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