VENICE, Fla. (AP) - A 42-year-old student pilot who crashed near the Venice Airport says he was gaining altitude when the plane "just stopped."
Oleg Anatollyevich Bachurin said he was sorry several times after Friday morning's crash. No injuries were reported.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the Cessna 152 was several hundred feet off the ground when it lost power. The plan struck a utility pole and slammed into a building before crashing nose-first into a concrete slab.
Bachurin is a former Russian military jet pilot who is training for his U.S. commercial pilot's license. Police say he was practicing at the Venice Airport when the plane engine cut out.
The owner of the plane says Bachurin is scheduled to take his pilot's test next week.
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