Plane crashes in Stuart neighborhood near Federal Highway

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -  

 

A twin engine Cessna crashed in a Stuart neighborhood around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.  It happened on Tressler Avenue near Federal Highway. The pilot was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

 

Neighbors still can't believe what happened.

 

"Saw this plane coming in," says resident George Watson, "It was awfully low and i said what the heck is this guy doing."

 

According to witnesses, the plane was flying east when it had engine trouble.  As it went down the plane hit a tree which knocked off a wing.  Witnesses say the plane did a 360 degree turn and landed in an empty lot that used to be a fish hatchery.  

 

"I just felt a big bang and a little bit of ground shake and we just ran outside of the house," says neighbor John Stukel. 

 

Several people ran to help the pilot out of the plane including a nurse.  Stuart Police confirm the pilot's name is 71-year-old Marlin Moudy.  Witnesses say he told them he's from Stuart.  His son told WPTV that Moudy suffered a head injury.   

 

Neighbors are amazed that no homes were hit.  Several told us they want to thank the pilot for doing a good job in a bad situation.

 

"I'd love to meet the pilot some day and be able to pat him on the back," says Watson. 

 

Moudy was taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center. 

 

The NTSB is now investigating the plane crash.

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