News Plane Crashes — 19 November 2017

A deputy’s dashcam captured the moments when a small plane crashed onto a road in Clearwater, Florida, Sunday morning.

As seen in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s dashcam footage, the single-engine plane is flying low over the road and suddenly banks to its left, soaring right over the deputy’s squad car.

Two deputies responded within seconds of the plane’s crashing onto the road. Luckily, according to authorities, the pilot who owns the plane and his passenger were able to walk away from the crash.

Fortunately, no bystanders were injured, either.

The plane is a four-seater 1975 Rockwell International 112A fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft.

The sheriff’s office said the pilot and his passenger took off from Clearwater Air Park earlier that morning and went to Zephyrhills, which is about 50 miles away. The pilot told authorities they were returning to the Clearwater Air Park when “something went wrong.” The plane went down about half a mile away from the air park.

Deputies say the pilot thinks an engine problem was to blame, but no official cause has not been determined yet.

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Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a downed small airplane on Keene Road North near Sunset Road, authorities said. No injuries reported.

The airplane is a four-seater 1975 Rockwell International 112A fixed wing, single engine aircraft.

It is owned by Clearwater resident Marc Benedict, who authorities said was piloting the airplane at the time of the crash.

Benedict was accompanied by an unidentified passenger at the time. Both walked away from the crash.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the airplane took off from Clearwater Air Park Sunday morning and traveled to Zephyrhills. Benedict and his passenger were returning to the air park when something went wrong.

The Pinellas County Central Communications received a call about the crash at about 10:23 a.m. Sunday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at 1817 Keene Road N. and Sunset Point Road in unincorporated Clearwater.

Benedict told deputies he thought the airplane was having engine problems, the sheriff’s office said.

The plane went down on Keene Road about a half mile from the air park. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Keene Road is shut down in both directions from Sunset Point to Flagler Drive. Motorists should seek alternate routes.

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