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Twin-Engine Plane Crasjes in Fla.

December 7, 2001

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A cargo plane crash-landed in shallow water north of Miami Beach, and both people on board survived with only minor injuries, police said.

The twin-engine Trans Air Unit plane went down before 11 p.m. Thursday in rough surf, said Fred Maas, the resort town’s police chief.

Jorge Perez, 43, and Alex Sanso, 36, held onto the semi-submerged plane’s wing, then made for shore with help from police and firefighters.

The they were taken to a hospital with minor cuts and scratches, and were reported doing well early Friday.

The plane had taken off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, about 15 miles north, and was heading for Opa-locka Airport, about 10 miles west, according to Police Sgt. R. Thomas Hopkins.

The crewmen decided to bring the plane down because they thought something was wrong with the fuel instruments, Maas said.

``Actually when we review the potential scenario, it was quite remarkable,″ he said. ``There are quite a number of high rise buildings around here he had to maneuver through to get out to the water. He did a very good job.″

Federal agencies were investigating, Hopkins said.

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