Teen girl flips plane on 1st solo flight

17-year-old taken to Palm Bay Hospital

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

GRANT-VALKARIA, Fla. - A 17-year-old piloting her first solo flight flipped her plane while practicing touch-and-goes near Valkaria Airport.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was injured around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and taken to Palm Bay Hospital with minor injuries.  She was later released from the hospital.

Officials said the teen was piloting a Cessna 172, which overturned into a field.

The plane was a rental plane and took off from Melbourne International Airport, but the teen was practicing at Valkaria Airport.

Officials say the instructor was watching the teen practice from a short distance away.

The FAA and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

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