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Montana student pilot survives fatal Florida plane crash

Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 09:33:55-05

WINTER HAVEN, FL – A Bozeman student pilot is lucky to be alive after the plane he was flying crashed Saturday night.

Authorities say the plane took off from an airport in Florida, after which the aircraft immediately lost power and plummeted into a house.

Student pilot Timothy Sheehy, 33, from Bozeman survived with minor injuries but his instructor, Florida native James Wagner, died in the crash.

As for the residents in the home, they all survived. A 17-year-old girl, however, was in the bedroom into which the plane crashed and was pinned and trapped until emergency crews arrived.

Officials say the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

-Elizabeth Transue reporting for MTN News