BROOKSVILLE, FL (WFLA) – A Hernando County man is in serious condition after he was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital Monday morning after a plane he was flying crashed. Hernando County First Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll tells News Channel 8 the call came in after 10:30 Monday. Pictures show the single engine plane on pieces and flames.
“Part of the wing the part of an engine for which thank goodness …all the rain we’ve received this year did not spread any further to the woods,” said Chief Carroll.
Hernando officials said, 68-year-old pilot was found standing next to the wreckage. He was airlifted to TGH and said to be in serious condition.
“Definitely had some serious injuries, I can’t get specific to what actually was wrong with him but the patient definitely needed care at a trauma facility locally which we did in turn send by helicopter to Tampa General. As you can imagine probably falling somewhere between 100-150 feet from the air down into the woods you can imagine someone would probably be stunned or shocked at that point,” Chief Carroll said about the pilot’s condition.
Witnesses who rushed to the scene after the crash said, they could see smoke coming from the wooded area where the plane hit the ground at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Those witnesses tell News Channel 8 that the pilot was covered in burns. Fire crews were concerned about internal injuries.
Hernando County Fire Rescue tells us that the pilot was flying and experimental aircraft. Those who know the pilot tell us the single engine plane was from a kit and was homebuilt. The wings were solid but the cabin was open according to HCFR.
Witnesses tell News Channel 8 that the plane crashed right as it was taking off. We are told it barely made it above the tree line before turning towards the ground.