Small plane crashes, 2 hurt

PRIORITY AND THAT WILFORD WILL NOT BE WORKING FOR BAKER COUNTY SCHOOLS ANYMORE. TWO PALM COAST MEN ARE IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT AFTER THIS CRASH LANDING IN PALATKA. THE CESSNA WENT DOWN IN THE PARKING LOT OF A LOWE’S STORE AROUND 11 A.M., LESS THAN A HALF MILE FROM THE AIRPORT WHERE THE PILOT WAS PLANNING TO LAND. THANKFULLY, NOBODY ON THE GROUND WAS HURT. HAILEY WINSLOW IS LIVE IN PALATKA AND TALKED WITH THE POLICE OFFICER, THE FIRST ONE ON THE SCENE. INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING ON GETTING THE PLANE OUT OF THIS PARKING LOT RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE USING A CRANE TO HELP LIFT IT UP. THEY’RE GOING TO BE MAKING SURE THE SPILLED FUEL IS CLEANED UP. THEN THEY’LL LIKELY BE CUTTING OFF THE WINGS AND PUTTING IT ON THIS TOW TRUCK SO THEY CAN GO DOWN THE ROAD WITH IT. THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND AT THE AIRPORT JUST OVER THE TOP OF THESE TREES, BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY THE ENGINE CUT OUT AND THE PLANE CAME CRASHING DOWN. THE NOSE OF A PLANE IS THROUGH A FENCE. THE COCKPIT DOORS, OPEN. THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE INSIDE, AT THE HOSPITAL. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE PRIVATELY OWNED 2008 CESSNA 400 TOOK OFF FROM ST. AUGUSTINE, HEADING TO THE AIRPORT IN PALATKA, WHEN IT CRASHED, INJURING THE PILOT, 73-YEAR-OLD RICHARD CARRERA AND HIS 71-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER. BOTH FROM PALM COAST. THE PASSENGER WAS NONRESPONSIVE TO ME AS FAR AS ANYTHING VERBAL. HE DID MAKE SOME MOVEMENTS FOR A SECOND. AS FAR AS — I DON’T KNOW IF HE WAS RESPONDING TO WHAT I WAS ASKING HIM OR IF IT WAS JUST HUMANITY KICKING IN. THE POLICE CORPORAL WAS THE FIRST ON SCENE AND SAYS CARRERA, WHO OWNS THE CESSNA, WAS OUTSIDE HIS PLANE CLEARLY UPSET. THE PILOT WAS TALKING AND HE KNEW PRETTY MUCH WHERE HE WAS AND WHAT DAY IT WAS, STUFF LIKE THAT. PILOT TOLD POLICE HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO GAIN ALTITUDE FROM A TOUCH-AND-GO LANDING WHEN THE CESSNA STALLED. IT HIT THE DIRT PILE AND HIT THE SILVER POLE RIGHT THERE AND CRASHED INTO THE FENCE. THE METAL POLE LIKELY PREVENTED THE PLANE FROM CRASHING INTO THE BACK OF LOWE’S WHERE EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING, A TRAUMATIC EVENT FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE A HUMAN LIFE IN ANY TYPE OF PAIN OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT WE’RE PROFESSIONALS AND WE DO OUR JOB AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO. SAD SITUATION. I HOPE THEY’RE OKAY. JUST PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES. BOTH PEOPLE ON THE PLANE WERE