2 injured in ultralight plane crash in Brevard County

Pilot, passenger transported with minor injuries

MALABAR, Fla. - Two people were seriously injured when an ultralight aircraft crashed early Sunday near Valkaria Airport on Greenbrooke Street in Malabar. 

News 6 partner Florida Today reports the crash was reported just after 7:10 a.m. at the airport, which is west of U.S. 1 on Valkaria Road in Grant-Valkiria, a mostly rural community southeast of Palm Bay.

Several firefighter rescue crews from Brevard County and Palm Bay responded to the site.

The type of aircraft was described by authorities as an ultralight.

A caller said the plane was attempting to take off and started bouncing. The bouncing caused the pilot and the passenger to be ejected from the plane.

The experienced pilot and passenger were both men. One is 69-years-old and the other is 55-years-old.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known but the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident.

Paramedics initially requested two medical helicopters. One of the flights was canceled a short time later. One of the crash victims was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. The second patient was taken to the hospital by ground transport.

An investigation is underway.

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