PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- According to the Florida Highway Patrol, four people were injured in a plane crash following take off from a private airstrip in rural Putnam County at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Richard Conover said one of the plan's engines stalled with the plane clipping trees, taking a nose dive and landing upright facing west.
"According to the pilot as they were taking off experienced some engine trouble, plane stalled they clipped the trees at end of the run way," said Conover. He noted the impact with the trees was about 15-20 feet in the air.
Conover said all four occupants in the plane got out by the time emergency crews arrived.
The pilot, 67-year-old Frits Abbing, and passengers according to the highway patrol own the airstrip and are from Sweden. The passengers have been identified by FHP as 28-year-old Ralph Abbing, 28-year-old Irene Geerlings and 63-year-old Corry Simmons.
All four were taken to Putnam Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. One female passenger according the highway patrol was pregnant.
Local pilots came to the scene to see what happened first hand.
"That's the main thing we don't want anyone injured or hurt, so that is good," said Roger Taillefer.
The Federal Aviation Administration is sending a team to further investigate the crash.
First Coast News