Acrobatic airplane crashes in Orange County

Pilot appears to be OK, deputies say

ZELLWOOD, Fla. – A 48-year-old man survived a plane crash Monday in Orange County, according to authorities.

The single-seat acrobatic airplane crashed just after noon near Cemetery Road in Zellwood, Orange County sheriff's deputies said.

The plane, which had 8 to 10 hours of usage on its engine, took off from Tangerine Field.

"It appears the plane had mechanical issues and crashed shortly after takeoff," the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

The pilot attempted unsuccessfully to land, officials said, and the aircraft went into some trees in the pilot's second landing attempt.

Deputies said the pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

No other details were immediately available.

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