Two men walk away from crash landing of small plane

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 1:41 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE - A pilot was forced to crash land a small plane along a busy city street Tuesday, after the Cessna developed engine trouble. No one was seriously injured.

Pilot John Fares and co-pilot Jason Pliska received only minor injuries and no one on the ground was injured, police said.

The single-engine plane was used for gathering rush-hour traffic information for the First Coast TraffiCenter and area radio stations. When it lost power, Fares guided the Cessna over traffic and toward a field, said Sgt. Roger Huggins of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"As soon as the aircraft hit the ground, he told me he spun it around so the plane would dig in and stop rather than continue across the road and hit the houses over there," Huggins said.

The plane, owned by Beaches Banners, ended up with a damage to its nose, front landing gear, tail and left wing.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident.

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