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Plane damaged after aborted takeoff on Long Lake

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A small airplane was temporarily left adrift on Long lake Wednesday afternoon after an aborted takeoff attempt damaged one of the floats.

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The pilot, James Beecroft, 68, of Jacksonville, Fla.. told a deputy that he had attempted to take off at about noon from Long Lake, but he did not think he was going to clear trees and houses so he brought the plane back onto the lake from about 25 feet up. He hit the water too hard, and one of the float supports broke.

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