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 November 5th, 2009  
Twin-engine plane crashes this afternoon during takeoff, one hospitalized, St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces
A twin-engine Albatross seaplane blew its left motor just after taking off at 3:45 this afternoon at St. Lucie International Airport, sending one of the plane’s passengers to a hospital with minor injuries, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Pilot Robert Swawston and passenger Larry Mclun, both Floridians in their 40s or 50s, were unharmed, Sheriff Mascara said. St. Lucie County Fire District workers took passenger Michael Hasted, also a Floridian, by ground ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute with minor injuries.

By early evening, firefighters were still at the scene dealing with a fuel leak from the plane.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office notified the Federal Aviation Administration of the crash. The FAA plans to be at the airport Friday morning to investigate.

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