Sat, Nov 26, 2011
Said GPS Told Him Subdivision Street Was Nearby Airport
A student pilot made what was described as a "hard landing" on a
residential street in Pasco County, Florida near Tampa Tuesday. The
22-year-old pilot of a Cirrus SR20 told sheriff's deputies that his
GPS indicated that the street was Pilot Country Airport (X05),
which is actually about three miles from the Pasco Trails
subdivision where he landed.
SR20 File Photo
The airplane, which had departed from Sanford, FL, hit some
mailboxes, small trees, and a fence as it landed, according to
Tampa television station WTSP. A neighbor who witnessed the landing
told the station that the pilot appeared to be Chinese and did not
speak English well. The witness said the pilot insisted the street
was Pilot County. "We land here all the time," the pilot reportedly
The neighbor corrected him, saying he had landed in a horse
community. "You got them mixed up," he told the pilot.
No one was injured in the incident.
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