DeLand, FL – A small amateur built power glider crashed at Bob Lee Airport in DeLand on Wednesday afternoon.
71-year-old John F. Charter of Orange City was the only occupant and he survived with only minor lacerations. “Absolutely remarkable that the pilot was able to walk away from that crash with nothing more serious than some lacerations,” said Gary Davidson, Public Information Officer for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
A VCSO helicopter airlifted the injured pilot to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for medical treatment. A helicopter had to be used due to access issues for an ambulance.
The crash was reported by eyewitness at 12:45 PM. Thanks to aerial observation provided by the VCSO helicopter crew, deputies were able to locate the crash site in the woods off of Gold Springs Road, just east of the private airstrip off of SR-15A north of DeLand.
Davidson says VCSO has “contacted the Federal Aviation Administration about the crash so that they can come in and investigate the cause.”
Photo courtesy of VCSO.
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