At approximately 3 p.m. this past Saturday afternoon, two people suffered minor injuries when the plane they were flying crashed into two local homes, before coming to a rest in a neighborhood retention pond.
Members of the Volusia County Fire Rescue responded this past Tuesday evening to reports of a plane crash in the city of Port Orange. Initial reports from the VCFR indicate that, as of the time of this writing, at least one person has died and another person was hospitalized with severe injuries after the incident, which happened when a small private plane failed to make it off of the Spruce Creek Airport runway.
A homeowner in Miami received the shock of her life this past Wednesday when a helicopter used by the Royal Canadian Air Force during search and rescue operations somehow managed to accidentally release a large rescue raft while flying over her home. The Miami-Dade County Police has issued a statement regarding the bewildering incident that recounts how the helicopter was flying directly over a residential area when an 80-pound raft somehow became uncoupled from its harnesses. The report stated that the helicopter was returning to the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport after having spent the day engaged in various training exercises in the ocean off of Florida’s coast.
On Christmas Eve, a twin-engine Cessna 340 took off from Polk County Airport with the stated intention of flying to Key West for a quick lunch before returning later in the afternoon. Inside of the plane were the 70-year-old Shannon, the 24-year-old Shannon, the 26-year-old Worthington, the 27-year-old Worthington, Jr., and the 32-year-old Clayton.
A little over a week ago, an airplane flying through the Lake Harney area was preparing to land at the Orlando Sanford International Airport when something occurred to cause the small craft to crash. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane, a Connection900 BE-9L, was nearing the county line separating Seminole and Volusia counties when the incident took place that sent the plane out of control and Lake Harney itself.
Evening in Hillsborough County diverted from its normally quiet path this past Monday after an unusual event ended in a 9-1-1 call and emergency response crews rushing to a home located in the Tampa area. According to a statement from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call sometime after 5:00 in the evening from a man identifying himself as Bradley Bates, a 51-year-old who comes from an undisclosed residence. The statement goes on to describe in some detail just what occurred on Monday to result in Bates calling 9-1-1, however there are numerous details that are not supplied in the case.
A hot air balloon carrying 17 people crashed near Walt Disney World in Orlando on Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the balloon crashed into a retention pond near State Road 429 at Western Way. One person was injured, although the Orange County Fire Rescue says the injuries did not seem to be serious.
In Bartow this past Sunday, the 300-plus congregation of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church were in the middle of their normal worship ceremony when a loud crashing noise coming from their parking lot. While the service continued, one of the church members left the sanctuary in order to determine what exactly caused the disturbance. Their search ended quickly and strongly when they saw a small plane crashed into the church’s parking lot.
On Tuesday morning a small plane flying through Marion County crashed in a field close to 150th Avenue Road in Williston. The crash, which took place on the property of 21850 NW 150th Avenue Road, was initially unreachable by emergency response teams due to trees downed along the road, blocking the route of the first responders. When, 25 minutes after the plane crashed, officers from Marion County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway patrol were able to reach the plane they found a completely destroyed plane and a dead pilot.
One of the Sky Train’s at Miami’s International Airport derailed early Tuesday morning, December 22nd, sending one car onto the roof of Concourse D and another off the end of the track. A maintenance worker who was aboard the train during the 2 a.m. maintenance run was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was subsequently released. By late Tuesday afternoon, the cars had been removed from the roof of the concourse, but no timeline was in place to reopen Sky Train service. Thousands of airport travelers were forced to negotiate the concourse on foot, a task that can take upwards of twenty minutes during peak times.