ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – A plane made an emergency landing on Orange County Road, just west of the University of Central Florida campus, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.
The plane crashed in the area of University Boulevard and N. Econlockhatchee Trail.
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Firefighters said no one else was injured and the pilot suffered only minor injuries and was not taken to hospital.
A search of the plane’s tail number shows that the plane, a 1956 Cessna 182, is owned by Aerial Messages Leasing Co. in Longwood.
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Company chairman Remy Colin, 40, told News 6 the plane was on a maintenance flight when it crashed, citing engine failure as the cause. Colin also said he was on the plane at the time of the crash.
According to Colin, he only had seconds to come up with a plan to land the plane.
“It was 4 am above the University (boulevard). The worst traffic. There was absolutely nowhere to land,” Colin said. “My choice was a lake or the road. I see a 300 foot stretch. There was a red light. There were 100 cars on one side, 100 cars on the other side, so I had oncoming traffic. I had a stretch of maybe 100 feet, and I said, ‘I’m going to land it there.’
Colin added that he felt he could survive the crash, so he let the plane stall. However, Colin said he was worried about hurting others.
“Okay, where can I crash? Landing won’t happen,” he said. “I have to sacrifice the plane, not touch a car, not get into the someone’s house Don’t kill anyone and try not to lose too many limbs.
“As we’re driving, you see the plane going very low,” witness Amanda Skuban told News 6. “At first we just thought it was flying very low, then suddenly it was a bit heading towards us. At the last second, he started to move to the other side of the road.
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As the owner of Aerial Messages, Colin said the incident was a learning moment for the other pilots who work for him. He said it’s a reminder to never be complacent. In this case, Colin said he failed to check the fuel gauge properly, which resulted in a mid-flight fuel starvation.
“It was a huge wake-up call. It was like, ‘Hey, you’re not invincible.’ I’m human. I make mistakes; slow down,” Colin said.
Video taken by a nearby driver shows the moment the plane touched down.
“It looked like there was a time when it just went down a little more than it was rolling, you know?” another witness, Raiah Collins, said. “At first it was coasting and then it was just going down. All the cars stopped. And I just wanted to get the video. I started calling 911, you know, and people were coming out from their car to get there.
Investigators said there was no one on the plane other than the pilot when it crashed.
In a statement, the Florida Highway Patrol said the plane’s wings struck two palm trees while landing and the front of the plane caused minor damage to the driveway wall of a house. neighbor.
FHP announced that as of 9:12 p.m. Friday, the roadblock was cleared and the eastbound lanes of University Boulevard were reopened.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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