Posted: 4:52 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
By Andy Hutchins
A small plane carrying a banner crashed on Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus on Saturday, just hours before Florida's game against Arkansas, according to many, many tweets from people near the incident.
A PLANE JUST CRASHED BY FLAVET HOLY SHIT— Nick Zeak (@NickZeak) October 5, 2013
A plane just landed at Flavet Field— playmaker. (@mykuhlann) October 5, 2013
Stay clear of flavet field. Plane crash, no fatalities.— Clay Reynolds (@ClayDReynolds) October 5, 2013
Florida student Wade Millward was first to snap and tweet a picture of the scene:
More pictures and information followed shortly after, and it seems that while the plane, carrying a banner advertising either GEICO or McDonald's, did crash land, there were, fortunately, no casualties:
Plane crash at Flavet Field in Gainesville where people tailgate. Pilot is out of the plane. pic.twitter.com/vAgpEhEZaF— Greg (@hicks_gregory) October 5, 2013
Plane crash at Flavet field before UF game witnesses say occupants survived pic.twitter.com/xgYTUBzU5L— Cindy (@cindyswirko) October 5, 2013
To recap: A banner plane went down near Flavet Field on UF's campus. No reported injuries, according to GPD. UPD hasn't spoken to press.— The Alligator (@TheAlligator) October 5, 2013
@AlligatorArmy McDonalds Ad. The banner landed near us north of alumni hall— Jonathan Davis (@CoachjDavis44) October 5, 2013
Florida's official @GatorZoneNews account issued a statement in three tweets:
UPDATE - a small plane attempted an emergency landing at an open area of Flavet Field and has crashed (1/3)— Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) October 5, 2013
The plane landed upside down on a vacant pick up truck. Both pilots were ejected and transported to a local hospital. (2/3)— Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) October 5, 2013
No additional injuries to report at this time. Will release any further info as it becomes available (3/3).— Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) October 5, 2013
Flavet Field is a large open space about a half-mile southwest of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and is a popular spot for tailgaters on the University of Florida campus.
This seems to be a good outcome from a strange event, and let's hope that remains true as more information becomes available.