A Piper Cherokee single-engine plane traveling from Marathon to Sarasota crashed into a swampy area of Everglades National Park around 8:30 a.m. Monday. The pilot walked away uninjured.
Search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received the report of the downed aircraft at the Miami Missions Air Traffic Control Center around 8:30 a.m. Reports to the Coast Guard indicated the aircraft had dropped off the radar with one pilot aboard.
The pilot, identified as Daniel Lawrence, reportedly left Marathon-Florida Keys Airport and was en route to Sarasota Airport when he started to feel a vibration in the engine before the plane began to lose power. Lawrence performed an emergency landing in the vicinity of Everglades National Park, reports state.
The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Miami. When the rescue crew arrived on scene, it found the downed aircraft with the pilot standing on the wing of the wreckage.
The single-engine Piper Cherokee went down near the Rookery Branch section of the Shark River, according to Park Ranger Dave Fowler.
Fowler described the crash scene as swampy and nearly impassable by boat.
Lawrence was safely hoisted into the helicopter and transferred to Coast Guard Air Station Miami, where his medical condition was listed as stable.