Downed small airplane on Keene Road North near Clearwater

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A pilot and passenger walked away unharmed after a single-engine plane clipped a tree and crashed on a Florida highway.

The incident happened just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday near Clearwater, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

According to a Pinella County Sheriff's Office the pilot, 61-year-old Marc Allen Benedict, had taken the single-engined Rockwell Commander 112 from Clearwater Airpark around 9am local time yesterday along with a friend. They flew to the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. After refueling at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, the plane was flying back to its point of origin when it had "engine trouble" and crashed on the highway, barely 2 kilometres away from Clearwater Airpark.

Benedict told investigators that he was not sure if he could make it back to Clearwater Airpark and so began to look for a safe place to land.

Downed small airplane on Keene Road North near Clearwater
Downed small airplane on Keene Road North near Clearwater

He said he saw a deputy near the intersection of Keene Road and Sunset Point Road. Benedict spotted an area on Keene Road and attempted to land.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. Both refused medical treatment.

A second camera catches the moment the plane crashes down.

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