Plane makes emergency landing on St. Pete golf course

Plane lands on golf course

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- St. Petersburg Police confirmed that a small plane made an emergency landing at the Lakewood Golf Course.

The crash happened at 1:45 p.m. Saturday when a two-seater 1939 Taylor Craft fixed-wing plane began experiencing mechanical issues while en route to Manatee County from Lakeland. The plane was flying along with two other aircraft that were not affected by the crash.

The 18-year-old pilot, who was not identified, reported his emergency and was advised to divert his flight path to Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg.

According to the SPPD report, the pilot realized he was not going to make it to Albert Whitted and decided to make the landing on the 12th Hole fairway.

He was able to safely land the plane on the fairway, but the wing clipped a tree and was damaged. Both the pilot and another teenage passenger were not injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will conduct an investigation into the crash.

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