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Small Plane Crashes in a Field Near High Point Elementary School on Saturday

No one was injured in the afternoon crash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a small plane crash in a field near High Point Elementary School in Clearwater on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies arrived on the scene at approximately 2:15 p.m. and found a small, single engine airplane that had crash landed in a field at 6100 150th Ave N. in unincorporated Pinellas County. No one was injured in the crash.

High Point Elementary is located at 5921 150th Ave N. in Clearwater.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies were only protecting the crash site until officials from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to take over the investigation.

According to neighbors, there were no loud noises before the incident occurred.

"We were home and we didn't hear anything like a crash," Kevin Clark, who lives at 5859 Darren Court, said on Sunday.

"Afterwards we heard the sirens, and we could smell something burning...but it didn't make any kind of loud noise, so he must have intentionally put it down in the field."

"Later on in the evening, at around 6:30, we saw them removing the plane from the area on the back of a flatbed truck," he added.

Clark and his wife Connie, who have lived in the neighborhood adjacent to High Point Elementary for 26 years, said small planes from St. Pete-Clearwater Airport fly over the area regularly, though not directly over their home.

"They used to fly right over the homes, but a few years ago they changed the flight patterns so now they have to fly over the school and the field," Kevin Clark said.

According to the Clarks, there have been no other crashes in the area since they have lived there. But Connie Clark admitted the incident was "a little unnerving". 

The NTSB will conduct the investigation into the incident.

Sumpters January 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why has the name of the pilot and owner of the plane not been reported? Where did this plane take off from? Is there a reason it is not being reported?
Jared Leone January 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Limited information was available over the weekend. We will follow up with the Federal agency that is investigating the incident. Thanks for reading Elaine.
Robert Scovill January 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Why did the NTSB walk away from Safety Recommendation A-83-6 twenty five years ago? What happened to FAA Safety Recommendations 99.283 and 99.284 about undetectable water in Cessna aircraft fuel tanks? Why did the NTSB ignore my petition about UNDETECTABLE WATER in the fuel tanks of Cessna aircraft? http://www.sumpthis.com/ntsbpetition/ntsbpetitioncontents.htm Why does SAIB CE-10-40R1 not mention anything about positive detection of water in the fuel tanks of Cessna aircraft? How many more pilots and passengers have to die for the NTSB to do a real world test on a Cessna aircraft for positive detection of water in their fuel tanks? I would be happy to provide the drop of red food color and ten ounces of water. I will also provide the aircraft for your test! NTSB your poor "investigations" are killing pilots and passengers!

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