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Small Plane from Tallahassee Crashes in St. Petersburg

Plane Crash
Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-15 10:14:42-04

Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) -- A plane that departed from Tallahassee crashed due to mechanical problems and landed in Vinoy Basin Park, according to St. Petersburg Fire Department.

Live flight tracking shows the plane departed Tallahassee at 8:27 a.m. and was scheduled to land in St. Petersburg at 9:59 a.m..

The flight plan from Tallahassee Regional Airport stated the plane intended to fly from Tallahassee to its final destination in Key West.

The St. Petersburg Police Department spoke with pilot, Grant Jordan, who said the plane experienced engine failure as it began to approach the airport. The pilot said he was forced to attempt an emergency landing.

The aircraft is a single engine Piper Cherokee with four seats. The plane is registered out of Gretna, Louisiana to Advanced Technology Training LLC.

The passengers on the plane were all citizens of the United Kingdom. St. Petersburg Police believe they are all residents of Ireland.

Pilot Grant Jordan and passenger Aloysius Ryan are at Bayfront Hospital in serious but stable condition.

A 17 year old female and Eamonn Harnell were the other two passengers and sustained minor injuries.