National Transportation Safety Board investigating Quincy plane crash

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 14:46:01-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) - A federal investigation is underway in Gadsden County after a small passenger plane crashed in a front yard on Friday.

As of Monday evening, the plane is completely cleaned up and there are no signs of a plane at all.

We're told that federal officials came by Sunday and the cleanup apparently didn't take too long. A fire truck reportedly came and cut up that plane, but obviously there still a pretty big mess for the homeowner to clean up now.

There are branches all over the yard and there's some significant damage the grass as well.

Gadsden County officials say the National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating that small plane crash. We've reached out to the NTSB for more information, but we haven't heard back yet.

There is good news to report tonight though: The pilot involved in that plane crash, 78-year-old Thomas Bowling, went to Tallahassee Memorial healthcare with serious injuries last Friday.

TMH officials say he's now in fair condition.

We spoke to the man who pulled Bowling from the crashed plane on Friday. You can see our interview with him here

Quincy man hailed as hero after saving victim in small plane crash near Quincy Municipal Airport

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A 78-year-old Tallahassee man sustained serious injuries in the small plane crash near the Quincy Municipal Airport on Friday.  

Thomas Bowling, of Tallahassee, sustained serious injuries in the plane accident. 

According to Florida Highway Patrol, at about 12:52 p.m. on Friday they received a call of an airplane crash near State Road 12 and Henry Grady Road in Gadsden County.  

The Quincy Police Department, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Gadsden County Fire Department, and Gadsden County EMS were already on scene when FHP arrived. 

Preliminary statements made by witnesses and Bowling indicated the plane experienced a loss of power 600 feet in the air. 

The plane rapidly lost altitude, crashing into multiple trees and coming to a final stop in the front yard of a home on Havana Highway. 

FHP says there was no damage to the home on Havana Highway, and the only injuries were to Bowling. 

Bowling was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is currently listed as a trauma alert.   

FHP states it is unknown if Bowling was wearing at seatbelt. 

FHP says they will remain on the scene to assist in the continuing federal investigation. 

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Quincy man is being hailed a hero after pulling a victim from a plane crash. 

The small plane crashed into some trees in front of a home on Havana Highway.

That's east of Quincy, near the Quincy Municipal Airport.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office confirms one man was taken to the hospital.

No word on his name, or the extent of his injures, although EMS says he was alert and coherent when they were taking him to the hospital.

Sgt. Anglie Hightower says Rutherford Black Jr. pulled the trapped man from the plane.

Black says he would have done what anyone would have done if they saw someone in trouble. 

"When I got out, I saw a guy moving inside. So I noticed that it just happened, so I jumped the fence and broke the plexy glass and dragged him out and a lot of fuel was coming out," said Black Jr. "But I dragged him over here in the corner away from the plane. Tried to stabilize him and call 911." 

You can see more of Black Jr.'s story here.  

No other injuries are reported.

We don't yet know what caused the plane to crash, but the NTSB will be investigating. 

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says one man has been transported to the hospital after a plane crash. 

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office confirmed that they responded to a single engine plane crash near the Quincy Municipal Airport. 

Authorities are currently on the scene at 146 Havana Highway, east of Quincy.  

Sgt. Anglie Hightower tells us one man was trapped inside the plane.

She said the man was extracted by a bystander and was transported to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert by an ambulance. No fire was reported in the crash. 

There's no word on the extent of the man's injures though they say he was alert and coherent at the time of transport. No property damage is reported in the incident. 

Authorities have not yet released the identification of the man.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for details.