Pilot Hurt in Alachua County

A single-engine two-seat plane crashed Friday April 16 in Alachua County, Florida resulting in “massive injuries” to the pilot. The crash occurred between Archer and Newberry and the 73-year-old pilot was reported to be alone, according to The Gainesville Sun. The crashed happened around 5 p.m. near the Flying Ten Airstrip in a pasture, which is also known as “Kitty Hawk.” The pilot was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and at this time there are no additional details available. The Flying Ten is a grass airstrip between Archer and Jonesville, Florida.

Our prayers go out to the family of this pilot for his survival.

Aviation Accidents in Florida
The National Transportation Safety board is current investigating ten small plane accidents in Florida that involved 11 fatalities. The NTSB compiles statistics on airplane crashes in each of America’s 50 states. Florida leads the southeast region with 35 percent of total accidents.

Plane Accident Investigation
Only the National Transportation Safety Board can say what caused this crash. An investigation is based on witness accounts, a review of the site and of the plane. An extensive investigation can include representatives from the aircraft manufacturer, engine manufacturer and sometimes even the parts manufacturers as standard procedure. An investigation would have to include determining the altitude that this pilot was flying, and whether or not he was in a turn? Did the engine appear to stall? A Florida accident attorney and investigator need to be on the scene immediately to make sure that evidence is preserved, that the proper procedures are followed and the manufacturer input does not unduly influence the outcome of the investigation.