Small plane crash at Lantana Airport leaves pilot injured

LANTANA, Fla. - Doctors continue to treat a man who crashed a small aircraft earlier Sunday at Palm Beach County Park airport. 

The single engine plane remains on scene as the FAA continue their investigation.

George Seamon couldn't believe his eyes.

"There's a little plane upside down right at North county airport,” said Seamon.

A single engine Vans RV6A plane overshot the runway at Palm Beach County Park airport around 10:45 Sunday morning.

The FAA said the pilot flipped over while trying to land.

Palm Beach County fire rescue and emergency crews rushed to the scene, finding the plane upside down and one person, the pilot, injured.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Delray Beach.

A crowd of people driving along Congress Avenue, stopped in disbelief. 

"I didn't see, I was walking around, so I just turn around, so I said, let me take the picture, you know,” said a passerby.

The FAA said the pilot was having engine trouble while en route to North Perry Airport in Hollywood, Florida and had to divert.

Fire rescue said the plane is an amateur-built aircraft.

"Homemade is dangerous man. I'd never fly in one,” said Seamon.

The FAA's website shows the plane's tag number, N214MJ, is registered to a Jeremiah Jackson out of California and that Jackson has an amateur-built experimental plane.

"We hope the person is alive. We want him to be safe, you know,” said a passerby.

The pilot’s current condition has not yet been released.

The FAA is investigating but the NTSB could take over if they declare this is an accident.

As for now, NTSB officials are only considering this to be an incident.
 


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