Body Recovered Off Coast of Florida Following Plane Crash

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard has recovered the body of a 63-year-old man who was piloting a small aircraft that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida near Destin.

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley says in a statement that authorities received 911 calls Tuesday evening from witnesses who saw a plane hit the water. The sheriff’s office, Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission subsequently launched boats to begin a search.

The pilot has been identified as Al Habetz of Louisiana. No one else was believed to have been on the plane.

The news release says Ashley apparently flew to the Destin airport earlier Tuesday, dropped off passengers and was returning to Louisiana when the crash happened.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Report: Black Bears 'Robust and Growing' in FloridaWildlife officials say an analysis confirms Florida's black bear population is "robust and growing."
Contest: ‘Frequency’ & ‘No Tomorrow’ Advanced ScreeningCW44 will choose 44 viewers to watch am advanved screening of both 'Frequency' and 'No Tomorrow' on Thursday, September 29!

Listen Live