Small Plane Crashes Into Mangroves: FWC

Both men escaped unharmed.

By Karen Franklin
|  Saturday, Apr 14, 2012  |  Updated 12:11 PM EDT
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Two people escaped with their lives after their plane crashed in Palm Beach on Thursday.

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A small plane with two men crashed into mangroves off Plantation Key after it lost lift, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The single-engine plane crashed Friday afternoon soon after its takeoff from a private airstrip in Tavernier Creek.

Pilot Brett Ekblom was traveling with Mike Strutton and turned the plane around as soon as he noticed problems, but the aircraft continued to descend. The pair made a crash-landing in mangroves 50 yards from the strip.

Both Ekblom and Strutton were unharmed and were able to make their way back safely.

Four different agencies responded to the scene and FWC is investigating.

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