Airplane crash-lands in marsh near NE Florida Regional Airport

Aircraft experienced engine failure during practice maneuvers

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, David Benfield - Web producer
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A single-engine Piper aircraft crash-landed Sunday near runway 31 at Northeast Florida Regional airport after experiencing an engine failure

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A single-engine airplane crash-landed Sunday in the marsh near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport after experiencing an engine failure during practice maneuvers, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.  

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department said the small, Piper aircraft crashed near the end of runway 31. 

Officials said the two people who were on board were able to safely exit the airplane. Neither person was injured in the crash. 

Both people were escorted safely through the marsh by fire rescue personnel. Due to the muddy conditions, and the outgoing tide, rescue crews were forced to take them back to the dry land on an airboat supplied by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Officials have not released the identity of the pilot or the passenger. 

Fire rescue officials said the Florida Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation.

There was no word if the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. 

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