Sun. Feb 23rd, 2020

2 dead after plane crashes along busy road in Ocala


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STEWART: WESH 2’S MICHELLE MEREDITH WAS ON THE SCENE SHORTLY AFTER THE CRASH HAPPENED AND JOINS US LIVE. MICHELLE: AT THIS POINT, INVESTIGATORS HAVE STOPPED COLLECTING EVIDENCE FROM THE ROAD AND ARE FOCUSED ON THE PLANE. THEY HAVE JUST FINISHED REMOVING THE BODIES FROM THE WRECKAGE. IT STUNNED PEOPLE DRIVING ON STATE ROAD 200: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LUNCH RUSH IN OCALA, A PLANE COMES BARRELING THROUGH SIX LANES AND BURST INTO FLAMES. WITNESSES SAY THEY WERE DODGING FLAMING PIECES OF DEBRIS, THE PLANE CLIPPED AN SUV. WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER, TWO PEOPLE WERE DEAD: BOTH THE PILOT AND THE PASSENGER IN THE PLANE. >> IT HAPPENED AT LUNCHTIME LUCK PEOPLE WERE NOT AFFECTED BY THIS. IT COULD’VE BEEN A LOT WORSE. MICHELLE: ACCORDING TO OCALA POLICE, THE SMALL PLANE TOOK OFF FROM THE OCALA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT JUST BEFORE LAUNCH. — JUST BEFORE LUNCH. POLICE SAY IT WAS ON A ROUTINE MAINTENCE FLIGHT HEADED WEST, BUT FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, STARTING DRIFTING EAST. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THEY HEARD THE PLANE SPUTTERING IN THE AIR ABOVE MARKET STREET AT HEATHBROOK, SAY THEY SAW PLANE BANK TO THE LEFT, THE LEFT WING DIG INTO STATE ROAD 200. OCALA POLICE SAY THE PLANE THEN HIT A SUV, SLID INTO A NEARBY FIELD, AND BURST INTO FLAMES. THE DRIVER OF THE SUV SURVIVED. THE TWO PEOPLE IN THE PLANE DID NOT. >> WHEN IT HIT THE GROUND, WE HEARD A BOOM AND WE SAW A BUNCH OF PEOPLE LOOKING OUT THIS WAY. I WOULD IMAGINE THERE WAS A BIG CLOUD OF SMOKE. MICHELLE: THE DRIVER OF THE SUV HAD MINOR INJURIES. THE FAA IS ON SCENE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH AND HOW A FLIGHT THAT STARTED OUT SO ROUTINE COULD GO SO WRONG. IF YOU LIVE OR WORK HERE OR PLANE TO COME THIS WAY, THIS STRETCH OF STATE ROAD 200 FROM 60 8TH AVE TO 41ST ST IS STILL CLOSED AND POLICE SAY THEY ARE NOT SURE WHEN IT WILL REOPEN.

2 dead after plane crashes along busy road in Ocala

Two people died when a small plane crashed while trying to make an emergency landing along a busy road in Ocala. Ocala Police Department officials said the plane was experiencing some type of mechanical issue when it started going down. The aircraft clipped the top of an SUV on S.R. 200 and then hit a pole before going up in flames. Police are asking people to avoid the area of State Road 200. The crash occurred just west of Interstate 75. State Road 200 is expected to be closed for hours. Police said the two people killed were on board the plane. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital for treatment. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that plane was a Beechcraft Baron aircraft. The FAA will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.

OCALA, Fla. —

Two people died when a small plane crashed while trying to make an emergency landing along a busy road in Ocala.

Ocala Police Department officials said the plane was experiencing some type of mechanical issue when it started going down. The aircraft clipped the top of an SUV on S.R. 200 and then hit a pole before going up in flames.

Police are asking people to avoid the area of State Road 200. The crash occurred just west of Interstate 75. State Road 200 is expected to be closed for hours.

Police said the two people killed were on board the plane. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that plane was a Beechcraft Baron aircraft.

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