Two passengers OK after Lake County plane crash



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Troopers said two people were injured in a plane crash in Lake County just before 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

FAA officials told Channel 9’s Angela Jacobs the single-engine plane was headed to Sanford International Airport from the Bahamas and went down in the brush at a road construction site off Plymouth Road in Sorrento.

Shawn McKernan was watching the Daytona 500 with his two young sons when engines roaring outside his door caught his attention.

“I just heard the fire trucks and sirens come down the road. I didn’t hear no planes or nothing,” McKernan said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was one of multiple agencies responding to the scene.

State troopers said the passengers, 68-year-old Victor Cordero, who was flying the plane, and 63-year-old passenger Marleen Reichet, were able to walk from the plane and were then transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

“Plane’s upside down and it appears to be intact. It’s a smaller plane; I can’t advise at this time what type of plane it is because I'm not aware of it. However, it is upside down,” Trooper Daniel Jonas said. “This is actually a rarity - the fact that it's a plane crash and no extensive injuries. This is, thankfully, a lucky one and they're doing well.”

The investigation has now been picked up by both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Officials said NTSB will make the final determination on what caused this crash.