Plane Lands In Palatka Home’s Backyard

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(Nestor Montoya/WUFT News)
A plane emergency landed in the backyard of a Palatka home Tuesday afternoon. Pilot David Ross Thomas’ life was saved by the plane’s emergency parachute, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. (Nestor Montoya/WUFT News)

A plane emergency landed in the backyard of a Palatka home Tuesday afternoon after its engine failed.

The pilot, 64-year-old David Ross Thomas, was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center after sustaining minor injuries.

Thomas’ life was saved after the plane deployed its emergency parachute, according to Sgt. Joel Johnson of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Thomas was flying from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Sarasota in the single-engine plane.

There is no damage to the house, and there is no word yet when the plane will be cleared.

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