Plane Crash Investigation Continues

We now know the names of the men killed in a plane crash in Panacea Wednesday night.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says 60-year-old Al Fitzgerald of Panacea and Al Madiedo of Tallahassee died around 10 o’clock Wednesday night when their 1946 Ercoupe plane crashed and caught on fire in a wooded area just off of Highway 98 in Panacea.

Why the small, vintage aircraft crashed is still unknown. Friends are in shock.

Tim Harbison, a close friend of Al Fitzgerald, said, "I'm devastated. He and I were tremendous friends. I talked to him all of the time. We were confidants. It's going to take a long time to sink in. He'll be sorely missed."

The vintage aircraft belonged to Fitzgerald. He is a licensed pilot and flight instructor.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration with the help of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.


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