Cows inspect plane after crash into Florida pasture

Pilot uninjured in Clay County crash

A plane went down Wednesday in a Clay County cow pasture. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – It was not just an udder day when a plane crashed Wednesday in a Clay County cow pasture, according to News 6 partner News4JAX.

News4JAX learned of the plane crash, which happened off County Road 214 between Keystone Heights and Melrose, shortly before 10:30 a.m.

Fortunately, the pilot — identified as 77-year-old David Lahman, of Port St. Lucie — was not injured.

Lahman, a pilot of more than 60 years, told News4JAX that he was taking a small aircraft from Port St. Lucie to an airfield in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his intention was to stop in the Clay County area to refuel, but a GPS error put him away from the actual airstrip. As he went to put the plane down in a pasture, he said, the livestock rushed out in front of the plane, and in order to avoid them, the plane ended up flipping onto its roof.

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

A plane went down Wednesday in a Clay County cow pasture. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

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