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Witnesses capture video of St. Pete plane crash
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A T-28 Warbird, part of the Honda Grand Prix race opening ceremonies, crashed into the water off Albert Whitted Airport as it was attempting a landing after reporting mechanical difficulties.

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"I heard some sputtering from the engine, so I knew something was wrong," said Jeff Morello of St. Petersburg, who saw it from his boat and captured video of the single-engine plane crashing into the water.

"I was just kind of in shock, like, wow I just really witnessed that," Morello described.

Both the pilot and passenger suffered very minor injuries.

Dave Darby of Apollo Beach also shot video of the crash.

"It looked like he was going to actually land and then all of a sudden - boom! Just crashed into the water," Darby described. "It's not something you see every day."

Darby and a friend talked to the pilot right after he got out of the water.

He told them the plane was having engine trouble and he tried to make the runway, but couldn't without hitting the seawall.

"He got some kind of warning light and then all of a sudden the engine just started not working," Darby said.

Witnesses told 10 News the pilot's name is Pierre Boursse, of North Carolina, and the passenger's name is Rick Cuerton, of St. Petersburg.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, but say it could take up to a year to complete.

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