Plane crashes in Mount Dora, Florida, USA
A small two-seater, single propeller airplane crashed into trees and landed in a Mount Dora yard early Saturday morning.
According to Kelda Senior, city spokeswoman, the pilot and a student took off from a small airport in Eustis off of State Road 44.
After getting in the air, the pilot reported an engine malfunction and attempted an emergency landing on Isola Bella Boulevard in the Loch Leven gated community in Mount Dora.
The plane however, clipped a tree in one yard, plowed through a stop sign and struck a small tree across the street before it came to rest in the front yard of a yellow stucco concrete home in the 3000 block of Isola Bella Boulevard at about 8:30 a.m.
Branches and hundreds of leaves were left scattered in the street, just south of the airport.
Bob Cooper, whose tree the plane clipped, said there was a lot of construction noise going on at the time of the crash, and he didn’t notice it until he looked out his window.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Cooper said.
Cooper said the family was inside the Isola Bella Boulevard home at the time of the crash and was unaware of the incident until he knocked on the door. The family couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Senior said there was minimal property damage. The plane was totaled, but no injuries were reported, and both male occupants, who were not identified, refused medical attention.
Acccording to FAA spokesman Jim Peters, the plane was a Luscombe 8A aircraft that took off from Runway 18 at Mid Florida Air Service Airport in Pinecrest.
Courtesy of dailycommercial.com