Plane overshoots runway, crashes off Cedar Key coast
Published March 28th, 2017
CEDAR KEY, Fla. --Small planes have been making big headlines over the past few months.
Weeks after a crash six miles from Cedar Key claimed three lives, another small craft hit the water about 3 p.m.
Police say 64-year-old pilot Nicholas Masters and 57-year-old passenger Shirley Butler were coming in from their home in Ocala when they overshot the runway.
When he tried to circle around for another landing, his engine stalled above the water.
The runway is a big destination for small planes. While pilots said it is not especially difficult to land on, the short runway can catch people off-guard.
Pilot Joe Allen said the runway is about 2,300 feet long, putting it about 1000 short of the average landing strip.
“When you're coming in, and you're not used to doing a short-strip landing, it gets intimidating to a lot of pilots,” Allen said.
Both the pilot and passenger were lucky enough to walk away without a scratch, with the plane as the only physical reminder of what happened.
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