WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Two student pilots walked away from a spectacular crash on a Florida highway Monday evening.
Wreckers pulled the crumpled plane off Prison Road in Okeechobee County Monday evening, hours after it crashed.
The Sheriff's Office says that pilot, 24-year old Divya Manchanda and her passenger, 22-year old Mayank Nimbalkar flew south from Kissimmee.
The two are students at Orlando Flight Training.
Manchanda fueled up at the Okeechobee County Airport minutes before the crash.
"The pilot told me before they transported her to the hospital that the engine quit," says Vernon Gray, manager of the Okeechobee County Airport. "She was at about 2,000 feet. She made multiple attempts to restart the engine without success and she had to put it down."
Manchanda buzzed over a cow pasture, brushed a fence and passed just under the power lines before touching down.
The impact sent her nose gear flying, the plane skidded and flipped.
The Sheriff's Office says Manchanda complained of neck pain and had a deep cut on her forehead.
Nimbalkar was not hurt.
This is the second crash landing in Okeechobee County in just one week.
Pilot Bob Jeffrey landed a small jet on State Road 70, a few miles away from Monday's crash.
"We're used to about two a year," says Detective Ted Van Deman. "But two in a week is an awful lot. I don't know what's going on."
Jeffrey and his passenger, Larry Littlefield both walked away without any serious injuries.
Officials here can't explain why two planes crash landed within a week.
They can only hope bad things don't happen in threes.
"Okeechobee's got bad luck for crashes," says Gray, "but good luck for the outcome."
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