Tue, Apr 08, 2008
Not Known Whether Plane Was Part Of Fly-In
Little is known at this time why a single-engine CH601 Zodiac
crashed Monday afternoon in Polk City, FL, claiming the life of the
pilot and sole occupant onboard.
Witnesses told local media the aircraft impacted nose-first near
Tavares Road at approximately 1715 local time. The wreckage was
partially buried in an area of wooded terrain.
"The plane hit the ground at approximately a 90 degree angle and
the nose of the aircraft is 2 to 3 feet into the ground," a
sheriff's statement said, reports The Associated Press.
Others on the ground say the aircraft (file photo of type shown
below) appeared to struggle to maintain altitude, and sounded as
though it was suffering engine trouble before impact.
Rescuers had to wait for a bulldozer to clear a path before
reaching the accident site.
It is not known whether the aircraft was part of the Lakeland
2008 Fly-In, which kicks off Tuesday. Polk City lies approximately
13 miles northeast of Lakeland.
Originally offered in kit form, the Zodiac is also available as
a factory-built Special-Light Sport Aircraft. It remains unclear
whether the accident plane was a homebuilt, or an S-LSA.
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