Pilot Survives After 1951 Cessna L19 Crashed in Waters of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg

Monday, March 24, 2014
By George Hatcher

A 1951 Cessna L19 “Bird Dog” crashed in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, on Sunday, March 23,

The plane owned by Advertising Air Force fell into the water 300 to 400 yards south east of the Bayboro Harbor Coast Guard Base.

The 36 year old pilot, Robert L. Gilchrist, was uninjured. The coast guard reported that a good Samaritan managed to pull the pilot from the cockpit of the crashed plane. There were no other passengers on board.

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