Sea plane crashes at Key West International Airport

Pilot, 10 passengers on sightseeing plane not injured

A seaplane made a crash landing Wednesday at Key West International Airport.
A seaplane made a crash landing Wednesday at Key West International Airport.

KEY WEST, Fla. – A seaplane with 11 people on board made a crash landing Wednesday at Key West International Airport.

The plane's right float broke apart while landing on a runway just before 6 p.m., Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark said.

All 11 people on board -- a pilot and 10 passengers -- weren't injured, Clark said.

The Otter aircraft was returning from a sightseeing tour to the Dry Tortugas when the float broke apart, causing the plane to collapse on the runway, Clark said.

The airport was closed for about 90 minutes as a result of the crash, but no flights were delayed.

It did impact at least one flight, however. An American Airlines flight had to be diverted to Miami International Airport.

The plane was eventually removed from the runway, and the airport was able to reopen shortly after 7:30 p.m.


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