17-year-old survives with minor injuries after plane crashes through home, pins her against wall

Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 16:58:59-05

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — A 17-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after a plane crashed through the roof of her home and pinned her against a wall, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

"This was a day of miracles," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press conference.

17-year-old suffers minor injuries after plane crashes through home, pins her against wall

The plane crashed into the Winter Haven home around 1 p.m. on Saturday. There were two people on board, a pilot and a trainee student. The pilot, 64-year-old James Wagner of Lakeland, was killed in the crash. The trainee, 33-year-old Timothy Sheehy of Montana, walked away with only minor injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

“It was a day of miracles because Timothy Sheehy, the trainee pilot, actually walked out of the crash, if you can believe that," Judd said. "Walked out of the crash, and was wandering around when Winter Haven firefighters arrived.”

Judd said the two men were flying with the goal to simulate engine failure training. It's unknown if they were simulating engine failure at the time of the crash, Judd said.

They took off from Winter Have Airport then the aircraft lost power.

The 17-year-old girl who was in a bedroom the plane crashed through was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

“Not only was she in the bedroom that the plane crashed into, but she was pinned and entrapped in the bedroom,” Judd said.

The teenager's brother, who was in a neighboring room, tried to free her but was unable to, according to Judd. She was later freed by Winter Haven firefighters.

The mother of the teenager was also in the home at the time, and three children were playing in the driveway. They were not injured.

At this time, the plane is still stuck in the home and is leaking fuel, according to Judd. Firefighters will stay on scene until the plane is removed.

First responders were on the scene within five minutes of the call, the Director of Public Safety in Winter Haven Charlie Bird said.

Firefighters freed the teenager through the wall of another bedroom then got her out of a window in the front of the house, Bird said.

NTSB and the FAA will investigate the crash, Judd said.