(St. Petersburg, Fla. - 970 WFLA) Around 11:20 am St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to Albert Whitted Airport, 107 8th Ave. SE., St. Petersburg, FL 33701, for a plane crash. When fire units got on scene they found a single engine Cessna that had crashed in front of the airport tower, primarily damaging the landing gear.
The pilot was a student that was practicing landings and takeoffs and while attempting a landing, the plane crashed near the tower. The male pilot was the only occupant on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. There was no fire involved with the crash, however, fire personnel did have to handle a minor fuel leak.
The FAA has been notified of the crash and will be completing the investigation.
Photo from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue