Pilot survives crash into Tampa Bay

Plane crashed in water shortly after take off

TAMPA -- First responders were on the scene of a downed plane in the waters off Peter O. Knight airport on Davis Islands in Tampa.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, only one person was aboard the plane at the time of the crash around 1:37 p.m.

The pilot was pulled from the water from nearby boaters and is reportedly uninjured, according to Tampa Police Department.

HCSO said that the plane experienced a loss of power after takeoff and landed in the water.

TPD Marine units will assist in pulling the plane out of Tampa Bay.

The dive team for the Tampa Police Department was able to finally pull the small aircraft from the shipping channel several hours following the crash. The plane will be kept at the Peter O' Knight Airport for further investigation into the cause of the crash. 

Curtis Whitwam captured the footage directly after the crash happened:

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