Small plane crashes into Tampa skyscraper
January 5, 2002 Posted: 5:59 PM EST (2259 GMT)
The plane's tail hangs from the Bank of America building in Tampa, Florida.
TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- A single-engine private plane crashed Saturday into the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa, police said.
A 15-year-old student pilot was at the controls of the plane when it took off from a nearby airport in St. Petersburg, according to a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department.
There were no immediate reports on casualties or injuries as a result of the crash.
Commercial airports in both Tampa and St. Petersburg temporarily suspended operations following the crash.
The skyscraper is located on Ashley and Kennedy Boulevard, according to Katie Hughes of the Tampa Police Department. The plane struck the building, built near the banks of the Hillsborough River, about two-thirds up, she said.
The tail of the plane was hanging from the side of building, and windows on at least two stories had shattered, according to reports. The structure remained intact and no smoke or flames were immediately evident at the scene.
The plane, built in 2000, is owned by National Aviation Holdings of Clearwater, Florida, according to Landings, a Web site that tracks information on individual aircraft.
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