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Pilot, passenger injured in N. Fla. plane crash

- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - A pilot and passenger are being treated after their Cessna 400 crashed into an embankment behind a Lowes home improvement store in north Florida.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1jbYveq ) reports the plane crashed just before 11 a.m. Friday while apparently trying to land at Kay Larkin airstrip in Palatka.

The Florida Highway Patrol says no one on the ground was injured. They say the pilot and passenger were taken to hospitals and at least one was suffering life-threatening injuries.

Palatka Assistant Police Chief James Griffith says the Cessna crashed near a retention pond, then struck pallets and other items on the ground before stopping. He says the plane was heavily damaged.

No further details were immediately available.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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