Monday, April 18, 2016

Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee, Flight Safety International Inc., N151DC: Accident occurred April 18, 2016 in St. Lucie County, Florida


ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 23-year-old pilot sustained non life-threatening injuries after crashing a plane Monday afternoon in a rural area of western St. Lucie County, a St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman said.

Fire district crews were called at 3:35 p.m. to the incident in the 34100 block of Orange Avenue, near the Okeechobee County line, Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Chaney said.

Chaney said the plane apparently was experiencing a mechanical issue.

She said the plane hit a barn, and there was a fuel leak.

Chaney said the crash occurred a good distance south of Orange Avenue.

She said the pilot, a man, was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Bryan Beaty, St. Lucie County Sheriff's public information officer, said the pilot was up and walking when first responders arrived. He did not know the origin or destination of the plane.

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