Small Plane Crashes In North Santa Rosa County

August 13, 2019


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A small plane crashed in Santa Rosa County north of Highway 4 near the Escambia River Tuesday afternoon, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The single engine plane went down about 1 p.m. in a remote area along the river near the end of Oil Plant Road in Jay, according to Sgt. Rich Aloy.

The pilot was airlifted to a local hospital as a trauma alert. Due to the remote area of the crash, the pilot was airlifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

The pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft.

The Jay, Allentown and Berrydale fire departments were among those that responded to the crash scene.

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8 Responses to “Small Plane Crashes In North Santa Rosa County”

  1. Don Neese on August 14th, 2019 3:34 pm

    If I had to guess. And, thats all it would be. I would venture to say the plane was flying a pipeline. You fly very low and take pictures of anything out of order on the line. If you lose your engine then you have to set it down anywhere you can. Like a sandbar.

    Mr. William, we would sure like to be updated concerning the pilot please.

  2. anne 1of2 on August 14th, 2019 12:17 pm

    There is a list of letters, used in the call numbers for flying and yes, N is on the list. It looks as if the pilot did everything right trying to land that plane. Thank God he lived and didn’t hurt anyone on the ground. Planes are easy to replace, just like boats and cars.

  3. Skeptic on August 14th, 2019 11:26 am

    Sure will be interesting to get more info on this… what he was doing if he was flying low along the river… and, like Charlie, I’m also curious about what is mounted on the strut. Maybe an aerial photography rig? Or sensors for environmental purposes? The N number doesn’t even seem to be registered. It’s a mystery!

  4. Don Neese on August 14th, 2019 9:33 am

    If Im not mistaken Charlie, those cable run to a camera for aerial photography. Ive only seen the set up one time before.

  5. Aviation Everything on August 14th, 2019 9:16 am


    My guess would be that this is a survey plane, which may explain the alleged low altitude flights along Hwy-29 by fish 621. If it is a survey plane, then the cables are most likely for a wing strut mounted sensor pod, which lots of survey planes have.

  6. Retied Coastie on August 14th, 2019 12:25 am

    Thank you coasties for the medivac. Semper Paratus

  7. Charlie on August 13th, 2019 11:53 pm

    Strange (for a special purpose?) black cables going to an attachment fitting of some sort, on that wing strut. Landing on sand in an emergency is better than going into trees, but can have bad soft spots, to spoil a safer landing.

  8. fish 621 on August 13th, 2019 3:53 pm

    I wonder if this is the same small plane I saw going over Hwy 29 very, very low up in Cantonment about that time today? It was strange to see one that low and in this area. It was heading north toward Jay.Prayers for the pilot.

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