NTSB officials release new details on what led up to Winter Haven plane crash that killed 4
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Thursday officials recovered both of the planes involved in the mid-air Winter Haven crash that killed four people, including a 19-year-old student pilot.
Ring doorbell video captures plane crashing into SUV in Florida neighborhood, killing 3
The boy, Taylor Bishop, and two people on the plane died in the Monday afternoon crash, which was recorded by a neighbor's security camera, fire officials said. The boy's mother, Megan Bishop, was also injured, but was released from the hospital later Monday, Pembroke Pines Fire Chief Marcel Rodriguez told news outlets. The Beechcraft Bonanza plane had just taken off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and was returning just before 3 p.m., the fire chief said. Firefighters eventually freed the trapped child, and they were taken to the hospital, where the boy died. A neighbor's door camera recorded the crash, showing the plane nose-diving into the SUV as the woman was driving down a street.
Official: 3 dead in small plane crash in northeast Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A single-engine plane bound for Florida crashed after takeoff Friday evening from an airport in northeast Georgia, killing the three people aboard, authorities said. “The aircraft crashed shortly after departing from Gainesville on a planned flight to Daytona Beach,” Duncan said in an emailed statement. “Three adult occupants were found deceased and it was confirmed with the FAA that this matches the occupants reported to them for this flight,” Brackett said, according to the newspaper. AdThe paper reported the plane came down in a ravine and that Brackett said fuel from the plane landed on a home, displacing five people from the dwelling. Duncan’s statement said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
Body of pilot found after plane bound for Merritt Island crashes in ocean
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell. BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Divers recovered the body Monday of a 24-year-old pilot whose plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach County, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office divers found the body inside the Piper PA-28, the Coast Guard said. Abhishek Patter was the lone person on the single-engine plane, which crashed Sunday night near Boynton Beach Inlet, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north, officials said.
Merritt Island man identified as victim in Alabama plane crash
ATTALLA, Ala. – A Florida man has been identified as the victim in a fatal airplane crash in northeast Alabama. Longtime pilot Elliott George Charles Leadlay, of Merritt Island, was killed in the crash, which occurred Saturday afternoon near Attalla. Area residents called after hearing the sound of an airplane engine followed by a loud bang or boom, sheriff’s officials said. Leadlay was the only person aboard, and officials say he was flying home after visiting a friend in Kentucky. Investigators will determine a probable cause of the crash.
‘I heard an explosion:’ Witnesses help passengers after small plane lands in pond in New Smyrna Beach
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A small plane landed in a pond in New Smyrna Beach Tuesday evening, according to Federal Aviation Authority officials. Kevin Huffman said he’s a family practice physician and was eating dinner with his daughter nearby when the plane went down. “I heard an explosion and I thought it was a car coming off the road, flipping into the water, but then we noticed it was an airplane,” Kevin Huffman said. ‘I heard an explosion:’ Witnesses help save passengers after small plane lands in pond in New Smyrna BeachHeidi Huffman said that she watched as the plane hit the water. The Huffmans said that several people in the area ran over to help, with Kevin Huffman getting into the water himself.
Pilot hospitalized after homemade aircraft crashes in Florida
MACCLENNY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol said a 53-year-old Jacksonville pilot was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after his homemade aircraft crashed Saturday night in Baker County. [TRENDING: Iota strengthens into hurricane | How to follow live coverage of SpaceX crewed launch | Fake DEA agent brings gun to Disney, deputies say]Officials said the pilot was alone when the single-engine red aircraft crashed. The pilot was flying east from a hanger when the aircraft lost power. When the pilot turned the aircraft to fly west back to the hanger, that’s when he started to rapidly descend. The Highway Patrol and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
Funeral held for Ocala police chief killed in plane crash
OCALA, Fla. – A funeral was held Friday for Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham, who died Sunday in a plane crash. Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said he expected a large turnout for the fallen police chief. “One of the best decisions that I’ve ever made was picking up the phone and called Greg to come back to Ocala to be our chief. ”He loved Ocala and Ocala loved him," Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. [RELATED: ‘He’s done such a great job for our community:’ Ocala mayor reacts to death of police chief]Full honors were presented in front of the church following the service.
WATCH LIVE: Ocala police pay tribute to chief after fatal plane crash
OCALA, Fla. – Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham died Sunday morning in a plane crash, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the 9700 block of Southwest 140th Avenue near Dunnellon. The crash happened near the Marion County Airport. Marion County Sheriff’s Office officials said the plane was Graham’s personal aircraft and he was the only person onboard the single-engine plane. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/5gDuQVpMlv — Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) October 26, 2020Right now, as federal investigators work to find out how the crash happened, Graham’s colleagues and friends are trying to recall the happy times.
Servicewomen killed in plane crash identified
FOLEY, Ala. – Authorities have identified the two service members who were killed when their plane crashed in a residential Alabama neighborhood. The crash happened near a Baldwin County public school when students were still on campus during an after-school program. Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler said the crash was “a little too close for comfort.”Garrett, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was a student aviator for the Coast Guard. She was identified by Rear Adm. William Kelly, superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Ross served three years with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 out of Norfolk, Virginia, before joining the Florida based Training Squadron Two in 2018.
Student pilot among crew that died in Navy crash in Alabama
FOLEY, Ala. – The two crew members who died when a U.S. Navy training plane out of Florida crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood were an instructor pilot and a student aviator, the Navy said Saturday. The two-person crew, whose names were not immediately released, were on a routine training flight Friday out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, Zach Harrell, spokesman for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said. They were seeking any photos or video of the aircraft in flight, WALA-TV reported. A photo shows smoke billowing from a home and at least two vehicles in the subdivision in Foley, Alabama on the Gulf Coast where the T-6B Texan II aircraft crashed around 5 p.m. Friday. Staff and kids at a nearby school were still on campus in an after-school program, Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler told WALA-TV, calling the crash “a little too close for comfort.”
Pilot killed in plane crash near Ocala National Forest
Published: October 15, 2020, 8:07 am Updated: October 15, 2020, 9:56 amCITRA, Fla. – A pilot was killed early Wednesday when a single-engine plane crashed in a remote part of Marion County near the Ocala National Forest, officials said. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said its aviation unit located the downed plane near Orange Springs. investigators were able to reach the private plane and discovered the pilot, the sole occupant, dead, sheriff’s officials said. The pilot was identified as John Toole Jr., 65. Investigators believe that Toole may have been trying to land at a nearby private airstrip when the crash occurred.
Pilot had cocaine in system at time of double fatal crash, NTSB says
Records show Jeffrey Salan, 70, was piloting the plane on July 13, 2017 while training 27-year-old Mohammed Alanazi, of Saudi Arabia. The NTSB listed the cause of the crash as loss of in-flight control. Records from the agency show that Salan had cocaine and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash but whether he was experiencing the effects of the drugs at the time is unknown. A family member said Salan used marijuana casually and had used cocaine in the past. Records show the plane then descended a second time and final time at a rate of 10,000 feet per minute.