Pilot Killed in Suwannee River Plane Crash Identified

Neal Harris
Posted at 3:01 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 12:26:53-05

LURAVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Deputies have identified the man who was killed when his amphibious advanced Aeromarine Buccaneer plane dived into the Suwannee River.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, the pilot was 61-year-old Neal Harris from Kissimmee. 

Lafayette deputies said that they weren't sure where Harris was flying out off, but said he was flying to meet a friend. They said the two were planning on going camping at Blue Springs.

According to Suwannee County Fire Rescue, the single-engine plane crashed in the western part of the county by Luraville on Sunday.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office and Suwannee County Fire Rescue were notified just after 5:00 p.m.

According to some Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents, it appears that this particular plane may have not been "suitable for operation" and possibly was not legally registered to fly.

The FAA has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.