Skydive Amelia Airplane Forced To Land in Intercostal Waterway | News

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Skydive Amelia Airplane Forced To Land in Intercostal Waterway
Skydive Amelia Airplane Forced To Land in Intercostal Waterway

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL -  According to the Nassau County Sher riff’s Office, a small airplane was forced to land in the Intercoastal Waterway Friday morning near 200/A1A Shave Bridge. The pilot was able to get away safely.

The airplane, a Cessna 182 reportedly owned by Skydive Amelia Island, was approaching Fernandina Beach Municipal Air park just after 10:00 a.m., when the plane lost power which forced the pilot to land on the Intercoastal to avoid the trees on the air strip.
According to witnesses the plane sank shortly after it hit the waterway. The pilot was identified as Timothy Bishop, 32, and was not injured by the landing and able to swim to shore safely.

The airplane may not be able to be salvaged. According to the Coast Guard this portion of the waterway is rather deep and making the recovery would be virtually impossible.

The Coast Guard has issued notices to mariners to avoid this area due to the possibility of debris in the water. In addition, officials report that there was a fuel leak from the plane in the water as well.
A Nassau County Sheriffs’s Department Marine Unit is conduction an investigation along the waterway. The results of this investigation are pending at this time.
 

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