HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Aerial video from WFLA’s Eagle 8 HD showed the wreckage of a small airplane near Powell Middle School in Hernando County Thursday afternoon.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down near Powell Road and Barclay Avenue.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said they received 911 calls just before lunchtime. When they arrived, they found pieces of the plane scattered on the ground. Despite the extreme damage to the plane, the pilot was up and walking around.
The plane was a Q-2 experimental aircraft based on a Rutan design.
The sheriff’s office told 8 On Your Side the pilot built the plane himself from a kit in the 1980s.
When 8 On Your Side arrived at the scene, the pilot was walking around with no apparent injuries, although he did not want to speak on camera.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot reported mechanical issues mid-flight and tried to land in an open stretch of grass when he clipped a power line and crashed down.