Three men and a teenage girl injured in emergency crash landing near St. Petersburg, Florida.St. Petersburg Police Department

Four Irish citizens on board a private airplane were injured during an emergency crash landing in Florida this morning.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane, piloted by a man named Grant Jordan, 57, reportedly experienced engine failure as the plane began its descent into Albert Whitted, a small local airport near St. Petersburg.

The pilot attempted to land in Vinoy Park on the city’s waterfront, one mile away from the airport, before colliding with a tree.

The St. Petersburg Tribune reports that Jordan and passenger Aloysius Ryan, 52, were taken to Bayfront Health South, a nearby hospital, in “serious but stable” condition.

The two other passengers on board, Eamonn Harnell, 48, and a teenage girl, sustained only minor injuries.

The group was traveling a short distance, from Tallahassee to St. Petersburg. The crash took place at 10:30am.

Federal Aviation Administration officers investigating the scene of the crash and local motorists have been warned to avoid the area.