4 injured as small plane crashes on takeoff in Putnam

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Four people were injured Tuesday morning when a small plane crashed as it was taking off from a private airstrip in Putnam County.

At about 9:40 a.m., Frits Abbing, 67, was piloting a 1958 AERO Commander fixed wing/twin engine aircraft and he tried to take off from a private grass airstrip at 1584 County Road 308 west of Jonas Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Abbing and the three passengers onboard are all from out of the country, the report noted.

Abbing told the FHP that the engine stalled and the plane failed to gain sufficient altitude to clear the trees at the end of the runway.

The plane hit several trees then crashed to the ground before coming to final rest upright facing in a

westerly direction.

Abbing as well as passengers Ralph Abbing, 28, Irene Geerlings, 28, and Corry Simmons, 63, were transported to Putnam Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to the release.

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