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Plane Crash-Lands on Florida Turnpike

October 12, 2011

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October 12, 2011

A plane crash-landed on Florida’s Turnpike on Wednesday afternoon after it suffered an engine failure. Two men — the pilot and a passenger — were injured.

The plane, a six or seven-seat TBM 700 turboprop, took off from North Perry Airport at about 1:35 p.m. and headed toward nearby Opa-Locka Executive Airport in north Miami-Dade County. The Orlando Sentinel says that the 49-year-old pilot made an approach to land there but never touched down, which is a standard procedure for pilots practicing landing.

When returning to North Perry, the plane’s engine failed. The pilot landed the aircraft on the Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard, which is about a mile from the runway.

A National Transportation Safety Board official has said that the man had only seconds to decide where to put down the aircraft.

The pilot works for Socata, which manufacturers the aircraft that crashed.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the pilot had intended to land at North Perry Airport.

“[The pilot] was in contact with the North Perry tower, and he did report that he had an engine failure,” said Jeff Kennedy, who is head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Miami office.

Both the pilot and passenger were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where they are in good condition.

After initially being transported by a trailer to a grassy residential area, the plane was taken in a hangar to Fort Pierce, where it will be examined to determine the cause of the crash.

The NTSB will reportedly move forward with a more formal inquiry into the crash once the pilot recovers from his injuries.

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