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By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 16, 2000
ODESSA -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on a February plane crash that killed two men at the Tampa Bay Executive Airport.
The pilot, Henry Jackson, 45, of East Lake was confused about what airport he was landing at, according to the report. Jackson had taken off from the Melbourne airport at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 and crashed in Odessa at 7:20 p.m.
A certified flight instructor in another plane about to take off from the Odessa airport heard Jackson's radio transmissions and tried to steer him to the proper runway just before the crash.
"(The instructor) stated that the pilot seemed a little confused as to his own location because he kept asking where the airport was as the (instructor) was watching him fly over it," the report said.
The plane collided with a utility pole and then crashed into the ground, killing Jackson and his friend, Robert Eugene Stephens, 50. Stephens also was a pilot.
The NTSB said there were no mechanical problems with the single-engine 1983 Mooney.
CLEARWATER -- During December, the Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, will have one of Steinway & Sons' Tricentennial artcase pianos. The visit of the piano commemorates the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.
From now through Dec. 31, pianists, teachers and students can make appointments to see and play the piano. To sign up for either or for information, call the Music Gallery, 530-3304.
CLEARWATER -- The Clearwater Arts! Foundation has chosen Sunset Sam, the bottle-nosed dolphin that lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, as the model for its Christmas ornament.
Cost is $10 and includes tax. The ornament will be on sale at the Marine Aquarium, the economic development office in Clearwater City Hall, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Marina visitor center on Clearwater Beach, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Harborview Center, Clearwater Neighborhood Housing and the Clearwater Public main library and Countryside branches. For information, call Dr. Arlita Hallam, Clearwater Arts! Foundation board member, 445-1965.