Florida Pilot Survives Small Plane Crash

by nph | February 15th, 2012

February 15, 2012

A small plane that left Ocala, Florida, early Tuesday, bound for Mississippi, crashed short of its destination. The pilot later was found trapped upside down in the plane and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Ocala.com.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Piper PA-32 aircraft was en route from Ocala to Olive Branch, Mississippi, and was about 18 miles southeast of Tupelo when the pilot notified air traffic control officials about a problem.

The pilot attempted to use his cell phone, and they were able to track the signal and find the 49-year-old man trapped inside the plane, which landed upside down. Surrounded by oak trees in a steep ravine, the plane was found in an area 12 miles north of Amory, Mississippi. It is believed that the plane ran out of fuel.

“It’s just a miracle we found him,” said the Monroe county sheriff. “He was upside down for several hours. He was shook up, cut up and had some rib damage.”

The origination longitude and latitude indicate that the flight took off at 3:10 a.m. from private property in northwest Ocala. The exact departure time and location will be confirmed as part of the FAA investigation

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