Saturday, August 20, 2022

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser, N587FL: Accident occurred August 19, 2022 in Marathon, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed into the water. 

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Date: 19-AUG-22
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N587FL
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

A plane crashed in the water off the Florida Keys Friday afternoon.

The plane went down in the shallow Gulf of Mexico water off the city of Marathon shortly before 5 p.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

The sheriff’s office released a photo of the plane resting upside down on the bottom of the Gulf.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll said two people were rescued from the water by a boater. They were not seriously injured, Groll said.

According to the Coast Guard, the pilot noticed a malfunction soon after takeoff from the Florida Keys/Marathon International Airport.

To avoid crashing into a residential area, the pilot opted to try a water landing, Groll said.

The sheriff’s office said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will investigate the crash.


  1. Now that is a scary scene. The aircraft had to have flipped over on landing on the water putting the cabin immediately underwater. Doors can jam against the seabed with the weight pressing down on the top of the fuselage from above. One of the few cases I'd rather ditch in a high wing if it's going to flip over on its back.