|Published:||Aug 01, 2012 6:17 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 01, 2012 6:17 PM EDT|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A small plane crashed at a city-owned airport in St. Petersburg, killing one and injuring another.
Police say a 65-year-old single-engine Luscombe Model 8A was taking off from the runway at Albert Whitted Airport Wednesday afternoon when it crashed. Witnesses say the plane ascended about 100 feet, then the engine sputtered and the plane took a nose dive into the ground.
Investigators believe the plane's owner, 79-year-old James Finnegan, was piloting the aircraft. Finnegan had previous flight experience but had not piloted a plane for a number of years and was taking refresher training from 37-year-old James Murphy.
Finnegan was pronounced dead at the scene. Murphy's injuries were not considered life-threatening, and he was speaking with investigators.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.
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