Small airplane crashes off runway at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine

By Lucia Viti

St. Augustine — This morning at 11:26 a.m., a single engine aircraft failed to gain enough altitude for take off and crashed approximately 30 feet from the runway into a bordering marsh, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol Master Sgt. Dylan Bryan said the plane “pitched and rolled” before crashing.

Bryan said that three occupants were on board. Two sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

While names of the passengers have yet to be released, they include a 67-year-old man from Ponte Vedra Beach, a 23-year-old man from Holliston, MA and a 22-year-old woman from West Palm Beach.

What happened is under investigation by the FHP. A supplemental reports has also been given to the FAA.

Bryan said exactly what happened is still unclear but the plane flight plan appear to be part of the airport’s flight school.

“The FAA will be able to determine more after their consultation with the pilot and the passengers,” he said. “The aircraft will be recovered from the flight school that is adjacent to the property.”

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