Pilot hurt when small plane crashes in Panhandle

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

WEST BAY, Fla. — A pilot escaped with minor injuries after his small plane crashed near the Northwest Florida International Beaches Airport in the Florida Panhandle.

The News Herald of Panama City reports James Land was the only person on board the plane when it crashed into the woods near West Bay Monday afternoon.

Bay County Sheriff's Office Maj. Tommy Ford says Land was taken to the hospital with cuts to his head. He says deputies responded to a 911 call at 2:15 p.m. and found the wreckage of the aerial advertising plane.

The newspaper reports the plane is owned by Aerial Banners Inc. of Broward County. Officials say the owner will be responsible for removing the wreckage.

The cause of the crash was not known. An investigation continues.

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