NASSAU COUNTY, FLORIDA: A report from the Florida Highway Patrol states two bodies have been recovered after a plane crash that happened on Friday morning.
The dead bodies are identified as an 18-year-old Alexis George, a female student, and a 66-year-old male pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Cessna 150 crashed into the St. Marys River.
Authorities said the plane crash in St. Marys River near Nassau County around 11:55 a.m. The plane lost control after a malfunction occurred during the flight. Officials asked the witnesses regarding the crash. A witness, Jennifer Campbell said, “The plane was about to crash and I was like ‘call 911. Call 911.” “It was really just kind of circling around and I kept thinking, ‘what is that plane doing,’ and I thought it was just going to pick back up, but it just went straight down,” Campbell added.
The friends and family of 18-year-old George were completely devasted by her untimely demise. A family friend said, “She was so excited about her future and loved to fly. She was a light. She was intentional about showing kindness to others.”
George was very passionate and inspiring. She just graduated from Fernandina Beach High School. She was a student of A-Cent Aviation flight school.
BROWARD, FLORIDA- the plane which burst into flames upon crashing hit an SUV that had an adult and a child inside, in Pembroke Pines. The plane was reported to have experienced skidding on the street before bursting into flames.
The single-engine plane killed the driver and the passenger in the plane during the crash and seriously injured the passengers in the SUV. According to the Pembroke Pines fire rescue, the child later died due to crash injuries.
The exact cause behind the crash of the Beechcraft Bonanza which was shortly after taking off is not yet identified. According to Pembroke Pines Fire Chief, Marcel Rodriguez, the plane might have experienced a mechanical problem.
Anabel Fernandez, a nearby resident said, “We went out and saw the fire; everything was on fire outside, it was like a bomb.”
According to the news, the parts of the plane were seen scattered across the street.
The Pines Fire Rescue said that the SUV with a child and an adult in was hit when it was heading north on Southwest 72nd Avenue.
The two inside the plane were immediately killed while the child died later at the hospital.
Meanwhile, the nearby resident said that she was afraid something like this would happen one time as she sees airplanes flying very low all the time.
BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA: As per the recently released reports, a plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach County.
The reports say Piper 28 aircraft was found near Boynton Beach Inlet. The crew members are making search efforts for searching the 24-year-old pilot.
At around 8 p.m. Sunday, officials received a call regarding the Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane.
Records show the plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport.
“The person who called in the report said the plane was sinking,” said Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast office in Miami.
The detailed information is not available at the moment.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham died Sunday morning in a plane crash.
Records show deputies along with the Marion County Fire Rescue responded to the 9700th block of Southwest 140th Avenue in Dunnellon in reference to a plane crash on Sunday morning.
“He loved Ocala and Ocala loved him,” said Sheriff Billy Woods. He said “the family of Chief Greg Graham, Ocala Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and all who knew Chief Graham experienced a tragedy today. Right now, the focus is to assist his family and his family in blue who are impacted by his sudden and tragic loss.” “This tragedy has affected all of us and the ripple effects of such a sudden tragedy will be felt across felt across both of our agencies,” said Woods, who called Graham a “friend and a mentor.”
Marion County Fire Rescue expressed the grief through a Facebook post:
“Our prayers go out to the Graham family and friends and those at the Ocala Police Department on the tragic lost of Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham in a small plane crash this morning.”
Ocala Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Balkin expressing his sorrow said, “He was a true mentor, a true leader (and) a forward-thinking professional.”
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According to the Navy, both their crew were killed when a U.S. Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in Alabama.
Records show the plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida.
Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby said responders encountered a “large volume of fire” with a home and several cars engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to make “a quick stop on the fire,” the chief told local news outlets. According to the reports, the crash occurred southeast of Mobile, near the city of Foley and the town of Magnolia Springs. Darby said the neighborhood a “heavily populated” residential area.
“It is with a heavy heart that we mourn two of our pilots who lost their lives during an aircraft crash in Alabama today,” the Chief of Naval Air Training said through a tweet. “Our deepest sympathy goes to their family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Shipmates. We have the watch.”
No injuries were reported on the ground. Reports say the U.S. Department of Defense and the Navy were handling the investigation.
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