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Pilot injured after small plane crashes in backyard of Nassau County home, authorities say

HILLIARD, Florida. – A pilot was slightly injured when a small plane crashed Wednesday morning in the yard of a house in Hilliard, authorities said.

The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that a plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. into the backyard of a home on Eastwood Road near Poole Road.

The FlightAware flight tracking website shows it crashed just 12 minutes after takeoff.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pilot of a single-engine fixed-wing plane was maneuvering near Hilliard Airpark, then the plane entered a stall, plummeted and struck a tree before breaking through branches and touching down. floor. .

The pilot – identified as a 69-year-old man from North Augusta, South Carolina – was later transported to an area hospital as a precaution with “non-life-threatening injuries”, according to authorities. The Federal Aviation Administration said he was the only person aboard the Rans S-12.

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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, with the NTSB leading.

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