Two planes have crashed in the Atlantic south of the Treasure Coast since Feb. 1. SARA MARINO/TCPALM
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — The wing of an airplane, including part of the fuselage, was spotted on the beach Sunday in St. Lucie County in Florida.
Barbara Tarantino and her sister-in-law, Cheri Linehan, saw the wing in the ocean Sunday afternoon. Tarantino said her husband called the police.
At first the group thought what they had spotted was a capsized boat.
“We were concerned that somebody was with it and that someone was still out in the water,” Tarantino said. “Then it (the plane’s parts) floated up on it’s own and then the Coast Guard came.”
Phil Wiltjer, was going on his morning walk at Normandy Beach Monday when he saw the parts of the plane beached.
“It’s just one of those tragedies that happens, but that’s one of the chances you take (when you fly a commercial plane,)” the 85-year-old said. “The elements of nature were too strong for them (the people in the plane) to withstand.”
Two planes crashed in the Atlantic between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. It is undetermined at this time whether the wing found at Normandy Beach was from either of those crashes.
A Convair C-131 crashed Friday 13 miles off Miami on a flight from the Bahamas. The Coast Guard rescued one survivor Friday. The search for a second person onboard the cargo plane was suspended Saturday after 21 hours and covering more than 300 square miles.
Friday’s crash happened a week after another plane, a Piper Saratoga, went down Feb. 1 in the Atlantic Ocean 23 miles east of Palm Beach.
The Coast Guard said two people and two dogs were aboard the plane. None have been recovered.
Friday also saw another plane in trouble, this time in Indian River County.
A 21-year-old pilot who had engine trouble Friday evening as he came in for a landing avoided disaster by making an emergency landing near the Indian River County Jail, officials said.
The pilot was trying to land on 40th Street, just south of the jail, after realizing he wouldn’t make it to the nearby Vero Beach Regional Airport, said Battalion Chief Joe Kovaleski, of Indian River County Fire Rescue.
The small plane knocked down road signs as it skidded into a grassy area east of where the road ends before hitting a ditch and spinning around, according to Indian River County sheriff’s officials.
The next day, another plane landed at Vero Beach Regional Airport with its engine on fire, police said.
The pilot was able to land safely about 12:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon ,and no one was injured, Vero Beach police said. Firefighters put out the fire.
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