Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department
A recent aviation accident near Panacea has claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured a third. Investigators report that the accident involved a helicopter, which crashed in a heavily wooded and swampy area near the airport in Panacea. In a statement, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said that the crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. and claimed the life of the pilot, a 53-year-old Tallahassee man, and one of his passengers, a 49-year-old man also from Tallahassee. A 45-year-old Tallahassee woman, who was a passenger on the helicopter, was injured in the crash and transported by medical helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital with undisclosed injuries.