Two Dead After Private Plane Crashes Into ‘Heavily Wooded Area,’ Florida Cops Say

Sept. 19, 2022

Two people died after a private plane crashed into a “heavily wooded area” in Florida, officials said.

The two people were on a single-engine Titan II plane when it went down on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Federal Aviation Administration told McClatchy News in a preliminary statement.

The crash was reported at about 6 or 7 p.m. off Highway 318 the Citra area. The community is about 25 miles southeast of Gainesville, home to the University of Florida.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post said its field force team — which is prepared to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies — was called to help investigators reach the remote crash site. The sheriff’s office reported the deaths.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the crash investigation, which officials said was in its early stages.

Keith Holloway, a spokesperson for the agency, told McClatchy News on Sept. 18 that it didn’t have much information about what he called the “experimental” Titan plane. The agency is expected to have an investigator document the crash site and examine flight records, among other potential evidence.

“I suspect that preliminary report may be available in about 10 business days,” Holloway wrote in an email. “A typical NTSB investigation can take 12-24 months to complete and determine cause.”

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