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Small plane plummets into water near Albert Whitted Airport

One person is dead after a small plane crashed into the water south of Albert Whitted Airport Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Just before 3 p.m., authorities received calls about the single-seat aircraft that crashed less than a mile away from the airport. St. Petersburg police said the plane, a Piper PA-23, belonged to Aerial Banners Incorporated, towing company based at the airport. St. Petersburg resident Gary Smith was casting for redfish a couple hundred yards off of the park in Tampa Bay when he saw the plane take flight. He thought it took an "abnormally steep" climb when it left the runway. He didn't think much of it and turned back to fishing. Seconds later he heard the plane crash. "It sounded like someone putting a cigarette out in the water," said Smith, shirtless and standing chest deep in Tampa Bay. (Aug. 31, 2014) [Graham Brink |]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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