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Single engine plane plunges into the bay

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

A 47-year old man is recovering this morning, after his single engine plane crashed into the bay.  Authorities say the crash happened shortly after two this morning. 

When crews from Clearwater Fire Rescue, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard arrived on scene, they found the plane floating on the west side of the Bayside bridge, not far from the St. Pete Clearwater International Airport. 

Crews were able to pluck the pilot out of the water. He was alert and talking when paramedics transported him to a local hospital.  His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.  Authorities are not releasing his name, citing confidentiality reasons. They say it appears he was the only one on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now the lead agency looking into what caused the plane to go down.

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