CLEARWATER, Fla. (WTHR) – The pilot and passenger escaped unhurt when a small plane crash landed on a four lane street near the Clearwater Airport Sunday.
Pinellas County Deputies were parked on North Keene Road as the plane came down, and their dash cameras recorded the crash shortly before 10:30 Sunday morning.
The deputies were on an unrelated call when they saw the crash.
The pilot reported engine trouble while in the air and told investigators he did not think he could make it back to the Clearwater Airpark and began looking for a safe place to land.
He saw a deputy near the intersection of Keene Road and Sunset Point Road, then spotted what appeared to be an opening in traffic and attempted to land the plane on Keene Road. But the left wing caught a tree, causing the plane to spin and crash.
Investigators say both the pilot and passenger refused medical treatment.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is being conducted by the FAA and NTSB.