FORT MYERS, Fla. One person was killed after a plane crashed into Chico’s day care Saturday morning on Metro Parkway, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Piper PA-28-181 aircraft crashed into the day care just before 8:00 a.m. at 11215 Metro Parkway during takeoff from Page Field, officials said.
The pilot, Anthony Greco, president of the Fort Myers Flying Club, managed to get out of the plane moments before it burst into flames.
“He was staggering down the sidewalk…he was out of the airplane,” said Dan Boggs, the National Transportation Safety Board’s lead investigator in the crash. “Before anybody could get around the corner, it burst into flames.”
The passenger was killed while Greco was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, Boggs said. The passenger has not yet been identified.
No one was inside of the day care at the time of the crash, deputies said. The building sustained significant damage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.
The circumstances leading up to the crash are unclear at this time.
No further information was immediately available.
Boggs held a press conference Saturday afternoon with the latest updates on the crash:
WINK News reporter Jessica Alpern was live at the scene:
WINK News reporter Chaning Frampton shared a video from a viewer on scene on Twitter:
— Channing Frampton (@ChanningWINK) June 24, 2017