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Plane Lands on Flagler Beach Bridge, Two Aboard Escape Injuries Despite Fire

| August 20, 2017

The plane landed on the eastbound lanes of the Flagler Beach bridge around 7:50 a.m., then went up in flames. Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

The plane landed on the westbound lanes of the Flagler Beach bridge around 7:50 p.m., then went up in flames. Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

A single-engine plane executed an emergency landing on the Flagler Beach bridge at 7:50 this evening. The plane either was on fire or caught fire after it landed. Two people aboard escaped injuries.


The occupants were pilot Stevan Locki, 35, of Fort Lauderdale (that was the spelling of the name authorities provided) and Brandi Lee Bishop, 34, of Miami.

A small dog was also among the occupants, in its own kennel. The dog was also uninjured.

“As they were climbing out is when the fire was coming into the cockpit,” Lt. Dusty Snyder of the Flagler Beach Fire Department said. Snyder was in command of the fire scene, which he suppressed with firefighters Alan Forehand and Jimmy Conroy, one of the newest department recruits. Flagler County’s Engine 92 assisted, particularly with water (there are no hydrants on the bridge), and Rescue 11 stood by, but was not needed.

The occupants “self-extricated,” Snyder said.

Flagler County Fire Rescue Capt. Jamie Burnsed took the pilot and the passenger to safety at the eastern foot of the bridge. Their names are not yet released.

The plane landed on the eastbound lanes of the bridge, toward the mainland, and ended up facing southeast when it came to a final rest.

The plane is a single-engine Mooney with retractable gear. It had flown from Georgia to Flagler’s airport. Problems developed son after it took off from Flagler again.

It is not yet clear why specifically the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Traffic was not impeded. “They smelled smoke and that’s what prompted the landing,” Sgt. David Acieri of the Flagler Beach police said.

“There’s no injuries, everyone is fine, FHP is going to do the actual investigation,” Acieri said, referring to the Florida Highway Patrol.

An FHP investigator reported overnight: “During my interview with Mr. Locki, he stated that after refueling at Flagler Airport, the aircraft begun to lose all power as his engine and all electronics on board failed while in mid flight. The pilot stated that he had no choice but to land the aircraft on the roadway as traffic was clear prior to landing.”

The plane at one point was engulfed in flames, after it was on the ground. “When I came up I just saw the flames, they were putting it out,” said Flagler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kim Davis, referring to the Flagler Beach Fire Department, which handled the fire swiftly.

“The cockpit itself was fully engulfed,” Snyder said.

Neither occupant of the plane had to be transported to a hospital. A man and a woman were the plane’s occupants.

“There was a good knockdown on the fire,” Flagler Beach Fire Chief Bobby Pace said, “One of the bigger concerns was fuel went down into the drain, which the guys are flushing out with foam.”

Gregg Shugg, a Flagler Beach pilot who specializes in gliders, was near the scene of the forced landing, observing the circumstances. He said the pilot “did an amazing job” brining the plane down, likely with traffic, going westbound. “Given the choice, that’s the only choice I’d have taken.” He said the pilot would have to calculate a landing between light poles, the bridge’s concrete median, electric wires, and of course traffic.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take possession of the plane Monday morning and conduct a crash investigation, which usually takes months, with a preliminary report released first, then a final report.

The Federal Aviation Administration release the following statement: “A Mooney M20C made an emergency landing on State Road 100 in Palm Coast, FL tonight at 7:55 pm. The pilot reported engine problems. The aircraft departed the Flagler Executive Airport, Palm Coast FL and was going to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale.”

Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)


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Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)


Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

The plane this evening half an hour after the emergency landing. Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

The plane this evening half an hour after the emergency landing. Click on the image for larger view. (c FlaglerLive)

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9 Responses for “Plane Lands on Flagler Beach Bridge, Two Aboard Escape Injuries Despite Fire”

  1. Rick Belhumeur says:

    Looks like it was an electrical fire. No charring of engine cowling. Glad everyone escaped injury. Now to take the detour down John Anderson to Highbridge and home on A1-a.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let’s get rid of Flagler Beach Police Department , Bunnell police department and the sheriffs department and just have the state police patrol the roads , they seem to be doing all the investigations for everything in the county

  3. John Doe says:

    Please check the spelling of the Firefighter’s names. Also FCFR R11 assited FBFD E11. They were in fact needed.

  4. Duncan says:

    Amazing! Right out of a Hollywood script!

  5. ConstantlyAmazed says:

    What is that 2 plane crashes in Flagler County in the last 2 months? Hey I got an idea let’s make Flagler County airport even bigger so we can have bigger & more planes comming in and out of here.

  6. palmcoaster says:

    I am glad first of all that the innocent dog was uninjured. The couple is very fortunate as the pilot maneuver excellence saved their lives. What about, when you fly around should leave your pup at home..?

  7. palmcoaster says:

    Also glad so far non vehicle drivers were hurt…Looks like Flagler County drivers are becoming experts to avoid collision with emergency landing small aircraft in our local roadways..The one before was in Palm Coast Parkway NW couple of years ago. Also hope this aircraft has liability insurance to pay for the expenses caused to the taxpayers…because FAA allows these small aircraft to fly without insurance as reported in the past…and please tell me why. Not that these pilots are poverty stricken/indigent right?

  8. Old Lady says:

    And so it goes, thankful all are OK

  9. Adam Shaw says:

    Sure… why not shut down all the highways, interstates and other road as well. That way we won’t have any car accidents.

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