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Small plane crashes on Siesta Key; occupants walk away

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2014 at 05:09 PM

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A “replica” World War II bi-plane crashed Tuesday on Siesta Key, and the pilot and his passenger walked away with minor injuries, officials said.

The pilot, identified as 75-year-old Earle F. Swan, of Bradenton, said the plane was having engine problems, deputies said. His passenger was Martin S. Thomas, 51, of Cape Coral.

The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport received the mayday call before the plane came down and flipped over behind the 7900 block of Sanderling Road, deputies said.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office notified the Federal Aviation Administration about the incident, and a representative from the Flight Standards District Office is en route.

It’s the second small plane to crash on a beach in Sarasota County in the past three weeks. On July 27, a small plane made an emergency crash landing in Venice, about 20 miles to the south. That plane struck and killed a man and his 9-year-old daughter as they walked on Caspersen Beach, officials said.

No other information was released.

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