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Plane crashes in water off Bayside Bridge in Clearwater; pilot OK

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Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 01:38 PM
CLEARWATER -

A pilot suffered nonlife-threatening injuries early this morning after crashing his small plane into the water near the Bayside Bridge.

Pinellas County deputies responded about 2:15 a.m. after being notified the plane had crashed into the water near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The Piper PA-28, which is registered to a Clearwater man, was on its way to the airport when it crashed, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was in a shallow area of water just north of the hump, on the east side of the bridge, when rescue crews arrived.

The 47-year-old man who was piloting the plane was the only one inside, according to Clearwater Fire & Rescue. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Multiple agencies, including the FAA, are investigating the crash.

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