Plane crashes at Williston airport


Denny Funnemark of Team Tango, a company that makes kit planes, removes damaged parts of the kit plane that crashed at the Williston airport Wednesday.

CHRISTINA STUART/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 12:54 a.m.
A Texas man was injured Wednesday afternoon when his plane crashed at the Williston Municipal Airport, authorities said.
William Crawford, 46, was practicing takeoffs and landings in a single-engine experimental aircraft when his plane crashed into a grassy area to the side of the runway and flipped over at 3:10 p.m., said Williston Police Chief Daniel Davis.
A witness told authorities the plane fell from a height of 40 feet, Davis said.
"He was trying the plane out when he experienced some kind of failure," Davis said.
Crawford was brought to Shands at the University of Florida with moderate injuries. He was not listed as a patient Wednesday evening.
Crawford, of Ovilla, Texas, is affiliated with Team Tango, a company that rents a hangar at the Williston Municipal Airport, Davis said.
The Federal Aviation Administration are expected to visit the crash site today.
Kathy Ciotola can be reached at (352) 338-3109 or ciotolk@gvillesun.com.

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