January 17: Channel 8 reports this plane had to make an emergency landing about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot says the engine just died and there was no way she was going to make it back to Albert Whitted Airport in St. Pete.
Channel 8 says the 14-second video posted to social media was taken by Trevor Thompson, who said he was “taking a peaceful walk down the beach.” Thankfully today is far from a beach day!
ABC Action News reports the plane landed behind the Bilmar Beach Resort and that the incident investigation is being done by the Treasure Island Police Department and the FAA. Amazingly nobody was seriously hurt, according