WSVN 7News | Miami
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A pilot and passenger are shaken but not injured after their small plane plunged into the ocean near Virginia Key, authorities said.
Cell phone video captured the Cessna 172 Skyhawk floating in the water Thursday night.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane took off from Miami Executive Airport at 6:36 p.m.
Shortly after, investigators said the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing about 8 miles southeast of Miami.
7News learned that there was a cyclist in the area who spotted the plane and called authorities.
“We found a Cessna plane about 20 feet from shore,” said Lt. Pete Sanchez of the City of Miami Fire Department.
Fortunately, the pilot and passenger were able to escape unscathed.
The pilot told authorities he started having problems with the plane about 40 minutes after takeoff.
“He was flying with a passenger and he started having engine problems,” Sanchez said.
The Cessna landed near Virginia Key Beach Park, officials said.
“He said it was a mechanical failure, and he made an emergency landing safely, and luckily none of them were injured,” Sanchez said.
Paramedics checked the pilot and passenger at the scene.
“The nose of the plane started to lean forward, taking in water like it did when landing, but then it stabilized,” Sanchez said. “They started to get out of the plane, and Miami Ocean Rescue got in the water and helped them land.”
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, but the NTSB is in charge of the investigation.
Authorities did not disclose the names of the pilot and passenger. 7News has contacted the agencies and is awaiting more information.
Authorities will continue their investigation on Friday morning.