Pilot walks away from hard landing that downed power lines in eastern Sarasota

December 9, 2012 

SARASOTA -- The 69-year-old pilot of a small ultra-light kit aircraft made a hard landing in eastern Sarasota County, knocking down power lines about 12:05 p.m. today, but walking away from the crash, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reports.

The plane came down in the 2600 block of Verna Road, in undeveloped lands of the Hunter’s Creek Subdivision, the sheriff's office reports.

The pilot was identified as Henry Hinman of Sarasota. He was uninjured.

It has not been determined what caused the emergency landing.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, along with units from the Sarasota County Fire Department responded to to investigate the crash.

The ultra light was identified as a 2010 Air-Cam twin engine plane.

A very limited power outage was reported in the surrounding area. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

An FP&L response team removed the wires and restored the power. There was minor damage to the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will investigate further. Anyone with information about this incident can contact the FAA at 1-407-812-7700.

Anyone with information about this incident or any crime/investigation in Sarasota County is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.com or by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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