Aug 28

NTSB: Body of pilot in Titusville plane crash found

The body of a pilot whose plane went down in the Indian River Wednesday has been recovered, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The agency said Thursday the pilot was killed on impact when the plane crashed into the river. 

The NTSB said the pilot tried to land once, went back up and circled around for another pass during Wednesday afternoon’s storms. That’s when the plane went down.

Crews resumed their search early Thursday morning and have been scouring the waters of the Indian River just south of SR 405 and Kennedy Space Center property.

Divers have been in the water and the Brevard Sheriff’s helicopter has been hovering overhead.

The twin engine Cessna with just the pilot on board flying from Orlando Executive Airport was trying to land at the Space Coast Regional Airport around 4:30 p.m. during the height of the afternoon storms when controllers lost contact.

Bill Fuhr, who lives along the river, says he was outside during the storm.

“I heard nothing, but I don’t think I could of it was raining so hard. It’s just amazing that they even attempted a landing here,” said Fuhr.

NTSB investigators will be on scene for the next two to three days. The salvage operations beings Thursday morning. They will be looking at all the weather data at the time of the crash. A preliminary report is expected in about a week.

Aug 28

Pilot uninjured in small plane crash near San Carlos Airport – KGO

Redwood City police say the pilot of a small plane that crashed after taking off from the San Carlos Airport Thursday evening walked away without injuries.

The plane, described by a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman as a DV-1 Skylark, came down in the 300 block of Shoreway Road near Holly Street at 5:21 p.m., according to police Sgt. Nick Perna.

The plane, which had just taken off from the nearby San Carlos Airport at the time, landed on the side of the road, Perna said.

The pilot, the plane’s sole occupant, was uninjured. Shoreway Road was briefly blocked but reopened after a tow truck removed the plane, Perna said.

Aug 28

1 dead in Shelby County plane crash

A plane went down in Shelby County this evening in a fiery crash, killing one person aboard.

Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley confirmed there was one fatality in the single-engine plane crash, which occurred shortly after 7 p.m. just south of the runway at the Shelby County Airport.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said a Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in a field while on approach to Shelby County Airport in Alabama at about 7 p.m. The aircraft was destroyed by fire, she said.

She said she will leave it up to local authorities to release the victim’s identity, and said after that is done she will release the aircraft registration information.

The flight departed from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and was on approach to the Shelby County Airport. The crash site – a cleared field just south of the runway – is located just behind the Central State Bank in Calera. The bank was not affected by the crash, the manager said, and no one was inside at the time of the crash.

Witness Max Brown, who drove up to the crash shortly after it occurred, said he saw black smoke and initially thought the bank was on fire.

“We got up closer and saw the fire in the woods, and I knew it was a plane,” he said. “I jumped out of the truck and ran over as close as I could get to try to help, but by the time I got there, the fire was too hot to get close. You could clearly see the figure of a man in the flames, and all we could do was sit and watch from a distance. It was sad. I wish there was more we could’ve done.”

Traffic became congested along Shelby County Highway 87 south of the airport after the crash, and multiple people stood near the bank and watched firefighters extinguish the flames.

Lemley said the investigation will be completely turned over to the FAA. FAA officials were not yet at the crash site at 8:45 p.m.

AL.com reporter Carol Robinson contributed to this report.

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