Small plane crashes on Siesta Key

3rd time plane lands on a Florida beach in 3 weeks

SIESTA KEY, Fla. - For the third time in less than a month, a plane has had to make an emergency landing on a beach in Florida. 

On Tuesday, a replica WWII bi-plane landed on the beach in Siesta Key after experiencing what the pilot described as engine problems.  

The plane landed near the 7900 block of Sanderling Road, about a mile south of Stickney Point Road bridge.

The pilot, identified as Earle F. Swan, 75, of Bradenton, Fla., and his passenger Martin S. Thomas, 51, of Cape Coral, Fla., suffered minor injuries. 

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport received a mayday call and reported it to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Communications Center.

The sheriff’s office has notified the FAA about the incident and said that a representative from the Flight Standards District Office is en route.

A father and his daughter were killed when a plane crashed on Caspersen Beach in Sarasota County on July 27. A day later, a pilot had to land a single-engine plane on the sands of Miami Beach

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