© 2023 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Two Men Rescued from Sea Plane Crash

You seldom use the word "lucky" to describe a plane crash, but a pair of men picked a fortunate place to crash their sea plane Monday morning.

The single-engine amphibious aircraft left Peter O'Knight Airport around 11:30 a.m. Authorities said the plane apparently flew low enough that the landing gear hit the water, causing the aircraft to crash into Hillsborough Bay.

The two men aboard the plane, pilot Robert Kerrigan and passenger Eric Olinger, were rescued by a pair of off-duty Hillsborough County firefighters who were on a nearby boat fishing.

Kerrigan and Olinger were brought to shore, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene to investigate.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.