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Crashed Pilot Spends Nine Gator-Fearing Hours Stranded On Plane Wing In Everglades

Screenshot: NBC News / YouTube
Screenshot: NBC News / YouTube

A single-engine Cessna 172M crashed in the Everglades at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday. To compound the problem of splashing down in a remote alligator-infested portion of Florida, the local sheriff’s office wouldn’t learn about the crash until 10:00 a.m. As a result, the pilot was forced to spend the next nine hours atop the wing of his downed aircraft to stay out of the water.

The Cessna is based out of a Miami-Dade flight school, WTVJ reports, though it’s a little strange that someone went out for a flight alone after midnight. When emergency responders finally learned about the crash, they had to arrive on the scene via helicopter. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue went down somewhere near Mack’s Fish Camp, an Everglades wildfire tourism business. The agency stated, “Due to the remote location of the incident and difficult terrain, MDFR’s Air Rescue North arrived on scene to conduct a hoist operation in order to rescue the patient from the downed aircraft and provide medical care.”

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