Five Injured In Plane Crash In Florida
A plane crashed into a Publix supermarket in Florida. The experimental aircraft crashed injuring five including the plane’s pilot and passenger. The crash took place in DeLand, Florida Monday evening injuring its passenger, pilot and three others and scattered frightened shoppers from shopping center.
A number of calls to 911 were placed by callers from the shopping complex at about 7:20 pm. Callers said they could see the plane show signs of problems just moments prior to it hitting the roof of the building of the Publix supermarket.
The only structure that was damaged was the Publix building nevertheless all of the businesses were closed so emergency crews could work. All five people injured sustained burns with three receiving severe burns. The Sheriff’s office reported that a passenger and the pilot were taken via helicopter to a hospital in Orlando.
Tapes released on Tuesday from the emergency dispatch captured the callers yelling and screaming that everyone had to get out. The manager of the Taco Bell located nearby said she did not hear or see the crash but ran with another employee to the complex and witnessed flames shooting high into the air from the Publix.
A local TV station reported that Publix employees could look up through a hole in the roof following the plane crash. Those same workers said the pilot and his passenger both climb out of the plane and their clothing was on fire. The manager of the meat department at the supermarket put out the flames on their clothing and rushed them outside to get help.