Plane Lands on St. Petersburg Street
A banner-towing plane made an emergency landing on Tyrone Boulevard yesterday afternoon, clipping a tree and a car near Tyrone Square Mall and 66th Street in the process.
There were no injuries from the landing, which occurred at 6:45 p.m., St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue said.
The 25-year-old pilot was flying a 1960s single-seat plane from the beaches to Albert Whitted Airport when the plane started to have engine trouble. The pilot, whose name hasn’t been released, dropped the banner in an effort to gain more flying time. The banner landed in a Walgreen’s parking lot at 22nd Avenue North and 66th Street North.
When the pilot landed, he struck a tree with the plane’s wing to avoid one car, but still clipped another car. Both the plane and car had minor damage, the fire department said.