Pilot Identified in Today’s Fatal Plane Crash
SPRING HILL – Earlier today, RNRF broke the news of a small plane crash on Little Farms Road that claimed the life of the pilot.
Officials have now identified the pilot as 56-year-old Gary Cohen, of Odessa.
According to a statement, prior to the crash, authorities say Cohen was in contact with the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, but no specific communications between Cohen and the airport have been released.
Preliminary reports suggest the plane was en route to Orlando from Odessa; however, according to Flightaware.com, the path of the doomed flight appeared to be traveling off course.
Initially, the immediate area was evacuated due to fuel leakage from the wreckage. Crews from Hernando County Fire Rescue used foam to contain the fumes from the fuel.
The investigation into the plane crash has been turned over to investigators from the Federal Aviation Authority, The crash site remains closed to the public until the investigation is complete and the wreckage has been removed.
SPRING HILL – Just before 9:00 a.m. this morning, Fire Rescue responded to 13088 Little Farms Road, after a small plane crashed behind the residence.
An official report has not been released at this time but according to our sources, the pilot and only occupant did not survive the crash.
One witness told RNRF that he saw the plane heading towards the airport when the pilot suddenly took a hard right and crashed behind the residence.
At this time, there are no reports of damage to residences or injuries on the ground.
The plane is reportedly a Cessna 206.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: 9/18/2015, 10:29 A.M. – Officials with the Sheriff’s Office has released the following updated information:
A Cessna 206 amphibian, with pontoon, crashed in the backyard of a residence located at 13088 Little Farms Drive in Spring Hill. The one soul on board was a fatality. The plane was en route from Odessa to Orlando, but was in contact with the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) tower prior to the crash. There are no details at this time regarding specific communications between the pilot and BKV.
Neighboring homes were temporarily evacuated, but have now been allowed to return. No other injuries have been reported.