GOLDEN GATE, Fla. – A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Everglades Boulevard S in Golden Gate. Two people were on board the plane, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said. They were hurt and taken to the hospital. A loud boom is what neighbors heard Saturday afternoon, and when they came out they found a plane had crashed.
Witnesses said the plane was trying to avoid power lines. The plane hit a stop sign, spun, hit a tree, then landed in an off-duty Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s backyard. Witnesses said one of the passengers was able to escape the plane. The other passenger who was said to be the pilot had to be airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital.
The FAA tells us that a preliminary investigation into the crash found a bird strike is what caused the crash.
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