Mar 6th, 2016
Teenager pilot makes emergency landing on golf course
Words: John Dean
An 18-year-old pilot of a small plane had to make an emergency landing on a golf course of the St. Peterburg Country Club in Lakewood Estates subdivision Saturday afternoon, police said.
According to St. Petersburg Police, the teen pilot was flying from Lakeland to Manatee County on a 1939 TaylorCraft fixed wing single-engine two-seater airplane.
The young pilot had mechanical issues and was advised to land at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. But he realized he wouldn’t be able to make it there and picked the golf course as the possible landing site.
The teenager managed to land the plane safely on the 12th fairway but when it was coming to a stop, its wing clipped a tree. The pilot and his teen passenger were not injured.
The residents in the area said, this wasn’t the first time an emergency landing happened at the golf course. In 2009 a pilot landed on the course, tearing off one of the plane’s wings on the way down. The pilot survived.