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Pilot, Captain Frank Schurgers, walked away When Skybolt 29 crashed off Lido Key last week. Flying from Venice Municipal Airport.

Plane crash off Lido Key; Pilot walks away with scratch A 2003 bright yellow Skybolt 29 crashed off Lido Key last week. The pilot, Frank Schurgers, walked away with only a minor scrape on his forehead. Schurgers set out for a day of flying from Venice Municipal Airport. Enjoying a beautiful, cloudless, low-wind day that he thought would end with nothing but a few more hours on his log and some great memories, however, things didn’t go as planned. Fifteen minutes into his flight while heading north over the waters off Lido Key, Schurgers stated the bi-plane’s engine stopped. Schurgers crash-landed into the shallow waters offshore. A lifeguard on a water scooter ferried the pilot to the beach. The small aircraft’s pilot was the only person on board; he was not injured. The single-engine plane was partially submerged in about six feet of water about 400 yards offshore.  And, according to Schurgers, the plane held approximately 17–18 gallons of fuel in the 29-gallon fuel tank