Pilot in fair condition following Gadsden County plane crash

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - August 27, 2018

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities in Gadsden County say one person was seriously injured when a small plane crashed last week off of Havana Highway, east of Quincy.

The single-engine plane went down just before 1 p.m. Friday in an area southeast of the Quincy Municipal Airport.

Officials say the plane crashed into multiple trees in the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of Havana Highway.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says the pilot was the only one aboard the plane at the time and was entrapped when crews arrived on the scene. He was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries as a trauma alert.

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the pilot as 78-year-old Thomas Bowling, of Tallahassee.

On Monday, officials at TMH confirmed Bowling was listed in fair condition.

FHP says the plane, a 2001 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft, had just taken off from the nearby airport when it suddenly lost power at approximately 600 feet in the air. Troopers say the aircraft rapidly lost altitude, crashing through the trees and coming to final rest on its roof.

GSCO shared a video to Facebook from the scene of the crash:

GCSO says the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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