• Grandfather, grandson survive small plane crash on lake in Polk County

    By: Kevin Williams

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    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Polk County deputies said a 70-year-old pilot and his 21-year-old grandson will recover from non-life threatening injuries after the small plane they were flying crashed near Bartow.

    According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the small plane crashed on Lake Hancock around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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    Deputies responded on the ground, in the air, and by airboat.

    Both males on board survived and will be transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, deputies said.
     

     

    The small Piper aircraft was registered to pilot William Gonzalez, Jr., 70, of Valrico. His grandson and passenger, 21-year-old Joseph Berninghaus of Tampa was on board.

    The two were flying from Boca Raton to Lakeland when the plane went down.

    It's not clear why the plane crashed. Deputies said the NTSB and FAA will investigate.
     


     

     

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