Rescuers find crashed aircraft near Myakka State Park
UPDATED Wednesday at 6 a.m. with additional details.
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - A small plane that made an apparent emergency landing Monday afternoon near Myakka State Park was found Tuesday by rescue workers, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.
The pilot of the Grumman American AA-5 was not injured when the plane flipped and landed partially in the Myakka River, officials said. The pilot managed to get to a nearby home, and reported the incident to federal authorities that day.
The owners of private property near Clay Gully Road discovered the abandoned aircraft in their field around noon Tuesday and notified deputies, who were unaware of any reported crash. Manatee Search and Rescue, East Manatee Fire Rescue, and a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office helicopter searched for the pilot before they discovered the crash had actually happened the day before and that the pilot was safe and uninjured, authorities said.
According to preliminary accident data from the FAA, the crash was reported at 5 p.m. Monday. Flight tracking data from FlightAware indicates the plane had flown from Hidden River Airport, a private airfield inside a gated community north of Myakka State Park, to Fort Pierce earlier that day. On its return trip that afternoon, the plane fell short of the airport, ending up in a private field.
Damage to the aircraft was listed as “substantial,” the FAA is reporting. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigation is continuing.
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