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Updated: 04/07/2014 05:24:00PM

Pilot makes emergency landing in harbor

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Charlotte County Fire/EMS personnel help a crashed pilot out of a rescue boat Monday morning at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda. The elderly man was flying to the Punta Gorda Airport when his small, lightweight experimental airplane went down in the Charlotte Harbor around 11 a.m. The craft's sole occupant suffered only minor injuries.

By ADAM KREGER

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PUNTA GORDA — A pilot was able to walk away with only minor injuries Monday morning after making an emergency crash landing in the Charlotte Harbor.

The elderly Osprey man was the sole occupant of a small, lightweight plane when it came down in the water near Alligator Creek Preserve, according to Charlotte County Fire/EMS deputy chief Jason Fair.

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