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March 05, 2016

Florida golf course site of heroic plane landing by 18-year-old pilot

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A fairway is often considered a golf hole's runway, a desired approach destination for one's ball flight. However, on a Florida golf course Saturday afternoon, the short stuff became a literal airstrip for a plane making an emergency landing.

The St. Petersburg Police Department said that, on its way from Lakeland to Manatee County, a 1939 Taylor Craft fixed-wing airplane suffered mechanical problems. The pilot, an 18-year-old, was flying with two other planes, and was notified to land at a nearby airport. Unfortunately, the pilot deduced the plane would be unable to make it, and found St. Petersburg Country Club as his best chance for survival.

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The plane landed on the club's 12th fairway. Although one of the wings clipped a tree, the pilot and his passenger were unharmed.

"He did a dang good job for an 18-year-old pilot," said police spokesman Rob Shaw to the Tampa Bay Times.

Amazingly, this is not the first time a plane has landed on the course's grounds. According to the Times' archives, a plane crashed on the same hole in 2009.


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