St. Pete police and fire departments are on scene at 18th Avenue South and 16th Street South.
Two people were on the plane.
Four people overall were taken to area hospitals and one person was treated at the scene.
According to the FAA website, the plane is a 1978 model Cessna 402b, owned by Noble Charter Service out of Opa Locka airport.
“At first, we thought it was a school bus, a truck or something. We never thought it was going to be an airplane,” said store owner Derar Ahmad. “I went and I checked right away. I look at my cameras and I say, ‘Whoa.’ There is a black car and he was driving and if he was two miles less than the speed, the airplane would’ve landed on top of him.”
Tabitha Callihan applauds the pilot for putting the plane down where he did.
“Where I looked up and could see him going sideways, it was right over where the school was, and if he would’ve gone down over there, he would’ve probably hit children, because kids were getting out of school,” she said.