Sun, Apr 05, 2009
Pilot And Two Passengers Okay After Interrupted Charter
The pilot of an air-taxi flight, enroute from Page Field (FMY)
in Ft. Myers, FL to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
(PIE), made a successful forced landing Friday night, touching down
safely on a street in North Port, FL.
The aircraft was a Cirrus SR22, being operated by SATSair
charter service as Aerocab flight SYK27. Neither the pilot nor his
two passengers were injured.
According to WWSB-7 reports, North Port Fire Department
officials said the plane came down shortly before 7 pm after its
engine lost power. The pilot first intended to land on I-75, but
ultimately chose to land near the intersection of Ponce De Leon
Blvd. and N. Biscayne Dr. in North Port.
Officials stated the plane clipped some power lines on its
approach, but landed safely. The road was closed into the evening
until the FAA arrived on scene and the airplane could be
An unnamed witness blogged, "I live a few miles away; I was
outside with my son and I heard a plane that sounded like something
was wrong, the sound of the engine was going up and down, up and
down; I looked up in the sky trying to see it, but could not
because of the cloud cover."
Based in Greenville, SC, SATSair (short for Smart Air Travel
Solutions) is an air taxi service that operates a fleet of SR22s
throughout the southeastern US.
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