Plane Lands In Marsh In Jacksonville, Pilot Uninjured
A Piper PA-28 crash-landed in a marsh near Jacksonville earlier this month. Miraculously, the pilot was uninjured.
The CBS Local station in Miami reports that on Sunday, August 4th at approximately 10:00 a.m. the single-engine aircraft landed in the marsh near Mill Cove area of the St. John’s River. The pilot was able to bring the plane to a landing without causing significant damage to the aircraft or injuring himself.
A short time later, a Good Samaritan assisted the pilot, getting him to the safety of dry land.
The airplane was manufactured in 1975 and is registered to Airneck, Inc. of Jacksonville. The company could not be reached for comment regarding the incident.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) released a statement saying that the pilot had taken off earlier that morning from the Jacksonville Executive Airport. The pilot had radioed the air traffic control tower, reporting that his aircraft was experiencing engine trouble.
So far, federal officials have not released the identity of the pilot. They did say during the press conference that the pilot was an experienced aircraft mechanic. Officials speculate that the crash possibly happened during a test flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA are continuing to investigate the crash.