Sunday, May 16, 2010

Haiti Bound Relief Supply Plane Crashes Into Florida Home

A small plane carrying relief supplies to Haiti crash lands into a home in Clearwater, FL.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA -- Authorities said a small plane has crashed into a Pinellas County, Florida home.

Investigators said the Piper PA-46 aircraft with Mexican registry crashed around 10 a.m. Sunday after departing from nearby Clearwater Air Park.

Pinellas County emergency medical officials and Clearwater police said a 57-year-old man was transported to Bayfront Medical Center.

His condition was not immediately released, but according to reports, the man was one of the plane’s occupants, and was seen walking around the crash site.

Emergency crews said three people were inside the plane, and six were inside the home, including three children.

No one else was believed to have suffered serious injuries.

According to Clearwater Air Park representatives, the pilot is a Mexican corporate pilot who normally flies Learjets.

The group he was with loaded up relief supplies for Haiti, fueled up the plane, and the three people boarded.

They reportedly filed a flight plan for Haiti, which is required when traveling outside the country.

Representatives also said the pilot did not gain the altitude needed when taking off to clear trees in the area.

Witnesses said the plane started wobbling, stalled, flew into some power lines, skidded over the house and split into two pieces.

One of the aircraft’s sections landed in the backyard.

The crash also sparked a fire in the front yard of the property.

Several dozen emergency units responded to the plane crash.

The Red Cross said they were called to help two displaced families.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate the incident.

This story is from our Bright House Networks partner, Bay News 9.

Source: CFN13

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