|A small plane crashed north of West Palm Beach in St. Lucie County on Wednesday morning, reportedly killing the pilot.|
April 1, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - The pilot of a small plane died Wednesday morning in a crash in the River Woods subdivision in St. Lucie County, according to a St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman.
Fire District crews were called at 11:01 a.m. to an address in the 2800 block of North Indian River Drive in St. Lucie Village to a report that a plane had landed on the shoreline, said Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Chaney.
Chaney said only one person, the pilot, was on the plane that crashed just west of the beach. The name of the pilot has not yet been released.
The plane was a Bedecorp BD-22, single-engine aircraft, according to Kathleen Bergen, spokewoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
She said it crashed less than a mile from St. Lucie County International Airport at 10:55 a.m. It was on an approach to Runway 28 Left at the airport, where it had departed earlier Wednesday.
The FAA is investigating the crash.
|Firefighters in St. Lucie County are investigating. Units have been dispatched to the crash site in Fort Pierce, |
which is north of West Palm Beach, the sheriff's office said.
|St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office|
"It's only by the grace of God that this plane did not hit a house," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
The pilot's body was found about 200 yards from where the plane crashed, the Sheriff's Office said.
Leison Lopez said he could hear the plane engine sputtering before it descended and nose-dived into the shoreline.
The wreckage caused a small fire in the backyard of a home on North Milton Road.
Jimmie Haisley, who lives near the crash site, said a neighbor was fishing with his two children in the river only 100 yards from where the plane crashed. That man declined to give his name or to comment for this story.
Two others out fishing were a former law enforcement officer and a current off-duty officer, who saw the crash and went to try to help, according to neighbors.
At 1:20 p.m., St. Lucie County sheriff's officials roped off the remnants of the plane and a large area surrounding it, and were guarding it.
According to the aircraft manufacturer's web site, Bedecorp is based in Medina, Ohio, and has a Fort Pierce facility at 3131 S.W. Jet Center Terrace. - TC Palm.