Airplane crashes into marsh near St. Augustine airport

2 people suffered minor injuries in the crash

By Zachery Lashway - Reporter/anchor, Travis Gibson - Reporter

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Two people were injured when an airplane crashed into the intracoastal waterway Sunday morning near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.

The passengers were pulled from the Mooney M20J, a single-engine low wing aircraft, around 9:30 a.m. by nearby boaters, according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

The pilot of the plane, St. Augustine resident John Bailey, told investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol that he was attempting to land at the airport and experienced mechanical failures, according to a crash report from FHP. 

The passenger in the airplane, Logan Boehime, had minor injuries in the crash. He and Bailey were taken to a nearby hospital. One of them suffered a broken arm.

One of the boaters who spoke to News4Jax but asked not to be identified, said he watched the airplane go down near the Vilano boat ramp and helped rescue two passengers from the crash, within minutes of the time the wreck took place.

"We were fishing in a small creek south of St. Augustine airport (and) saw it flying lower than usual -- and it went down about 300 yards from where we were," the fisherman said. "Both occupants were standing on the wing when we got to them. We pulled them onto the boat and rushed them to the rescue unit close to the Vilano Bridge."

Fire Rescue workers were on the scene of the crash and assessing any environmental damage.

The FAA was also made aware of the crash. 

All inbound and outbound flights were temporarily stopped at the St. Augustine airport, according to the airport's website.

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