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Single-Engine Plane Crashes in Hunter’s Ridge, Pilot Survives With Severe Injuries

| December 17, 2016

The Becchcraft single-engine plane after its crash-landing today. (Kyle McCarthy and Justin Gay)

A single-engine plane crashed in Hunter’s Ridge, at the south end of Flagler County, at 4 p.m. today. The pilot survived with serious injuries, authorities are reporting.


The identity of the pilot has not been confirmed, but the plane, a Beechcraft A36 built in 1979, is registered to Dale and Carrie Fish of Mount Dora in Lake County.

The pilot had apparently run out of fuel and was looking for an area to land the plane, which was only a few miles from Ormond Beach Airport to the east. The pilot found a landing spot, but it was not smooth, and the plane struck a mound, sustaining severe damage.

The pilot was alert and conscious, but still in the plane, when rescuers arrived. Volusia County’s Air One was able to land nearby, and a Flagler County Fire Rescue unit was also able to drive up to the proximity of the crash site, enabling paramedics to quickly provide the pilot medical attention as they prepared him to be flown to a hospital.

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Air One arrives at the scene as the pilot speaks with Dale Cohen, who’d arrived there on foot. (Kyle McCarthy and Justin Gay)

It’s not clear whether the pilot was flown to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach or elsewhere.

The crash took place just west of Rodeo Acres Drive. Hunter’s Ridge is a development that straddles the Flagler-Volusia County line. It is very sparsely developed on the Flagler side, with woods predominating. The exact coordinates of the crash are 29°16’00.0″N 81°15’17.3″W.

This is the second single-engine plane crash in Flagler County in five weeks. On Nov. 9, Joel Fallon, 50, owner of Granny Nannies of Flagler and St. Johns counties, crashed a plane he co-owns with Flagler County property Appraiser Jay Gardner in the woods in Plantation Bay, also at the south end of the county. Fallon was with passenger Josh Rosa. Both survived, but with severe injuries.

Flagler County’s Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter, has not been in service for weeks. It was grounded before Thanksgiving for maintenance, including blade refurbishing, and its pilots are in training in Texas. Fire Flight is typically grounded in December, though in this case it may take a bit longer. The helicopter is expected back in service with the new year.

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The plane went down in Hunter’s Ridge at coordinates 29°16’00.0″N 81°15’17.3″W.

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5 Responses for “Single-Engine Plane Crashes in Hunter’s Ridge, Pilot Survives With Severe Injuries”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Im pretty sure this is the plane I saw making fast maneuvers over us on i95 today at 4 pm–I thought to myself ,I hope this isn’t another plane going down in flagler…..very lucky pilot!

  2. Retiredlawenforcement says:

    Is it me or keeping an eye on your fuel gage some what important when flying a plane?

  3. footballen says:

    This has to be Trump’s fault!

  4. Don White says:

    From a retired military & commercial pilot and FAA licensed A & P (Airframe & Powerplant) mechanic: If one only relies on a fuel gauge, this is also an invitation for this type of mishap. Fuel gauges fail and can be inaccurate. Neither is good if one is “cutting it close”. Well trained pilots learn methods of fuel management and cross-checks; disciplined pilots implement them in their flights as a backup to ensure that they never run out of fuel.

  5. Jack Howell says:

    I never, ever trust my fuel gauges. Before each flight, I “stick the tank” so I know exactly how much fuel I’m starting the flight with. I teach my teens to do the same.

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