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Single-engine plane makes emergency landing in Palm City neighborhood

Posted at 4:53 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 17:03:52-04

PALM CITY, Fla. — A small plane made an emergency crash landing in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Palm City on Monday afternoon.

WPTV viewer Dave Castle sent us a photo showing the single-engine aircraft in the brush off Southwest Berry Avenue, between Southwest Sunset Trail and Southwest Martin Highway.

Castle said the plane experienced engine failure around 4 p.m., and the pilot did an amazing job landing the aircraft without damaging any surrounding homes.

Martin County officials said the pilot, Bryan Blazie, and his passenger, Kate Blazie, were not hurt.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the fixed wing single-engine plane is a Piper PA-18-150.

According to a Martin County Sheriff's Office report, Blazie was on his final approach to runway 12 at Stuart Witham Field Airport when the engine sputtered and lost power.

Blazie did not feel he could glide back to the airport, so he spotted an open construction site and made an emergency landing there.