Saturday, January 2, 2016

Driver doing better after motorcycle crash into Cessna 560 Citation V at Key West International Airport (KEYW), Monroe County, Florida

The pilot injured in a motorcycle crash at Key West International Airport is out of the hospital, friends said.

Key West pilot Fred Raymond Cabanas Jr., 28, of Key West — son of the late Fred Cabanas, also a pilot, who died in a plane crash in 2013 in Mexico — was hurt in a 1:34 a.m. Jan. 1 motorcycle crash at the airport.

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 A motorcycle crash with a parked plane in a private aviation area at Key West International Airport early New Year's Day sent a local pilot to the hospital.

Fred Raymond Cabanas Jr., 28, chief pilot for a family-operated charter company based at the airport, suffered injuries "that will require several surgeries and a good bit of down time," says a post on an online fund-raising site.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cabanas was riding a 2016 Indian Scout on an airport ramp at 1:34 a.m. Friday.

"For unknown reasons, driver of [the motorcycle] lost control ... [then] struck the left rear side" of an aircraft listed as a Cessna 560 Citation V, the Florida Highway Patrol says. The Cessna 560 Citation V was parked and tied down.

Don DeGraw, Monroe County's director of airports, said Monday that Cabanas was riding on the aircraft parking ramp, "not on the runway or the taxiway."

Cabanas was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment. The FHP cited him for careless driving.

The Cabanas family operates Conch Republic Air Force/Biplane Rides, a sight-seeing charter business based at the airport. The extent of damage to the aircraft and motorcycle was not available at press time.

Fred Cabanas Jr., better known as Raymond, is the son of the late Fred Cabanas, a Key West charter and stunt pilot who died in a 2013 plane crash near Cozumel, Mexico. A passenger also died.


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